10 Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class


Extract from Issue#2 of Teaching Tuesdays@CSU

All issues of Teaching Tuesdays can be accessed through the folder at this link.


10 Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class

By: Dr Mary C. Clement

Source: https://www.magnapubs.com/magna-commons/?video=3025

If you want to create a first-class learning environment start with the first class. From the very first day–from the moment students walk in the door–you set the tone for the entire semester. You can establish expectations, clarify responsibilities, energize and engage your students, and create a strong framework for success. We provide you with practical, proven tips for starting your classes off right.

This informative 75-minute seminar is directed largely at on-campus or synchronous teaching environments, although some general concepts can be adapted for online environments. The presenter provides helpful examples and tips to support each item on the list with good practical advice on how to keep students engaged and learning.

  1. Create procedures for getting students in the room
  2. The value of an entrance table/desk
  3. Learning their names
  4. Focus activities
  5. The “today we will” list
  6. Introductions are important
  7. The interest inventory
  8. Every student makes a folder
  9. Teach a lesson
  10. The four-step lesson plan

Presentation handouts, full transcripts and supplementary resources are available for download if you don’t have time to listen to the seminar.

Step 1. Create procedures for getting students in the room, includes advice on checking the teaching space and its technology ahead of the class.

For CSU staff, there is a helpful 20-minute self-enrol ELMO module titled

Classroom Technology at CSU, accessed at https://csu.elmotalent.com.au/dashboard
(choose Learning, then Course Catalogue to locate the module).