Aug
29

Date: Thursday, Aug 29, 2019

Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Add to CalendarStarting the Semester off Right: Capitalizing on the First Day of Class08/29/2019 01:00 PM08/29/2019 02:30 PMMM/DD/YYYYAmerica/VancouverIn my earlier days of teaching, I often dreaded the first class of the semester. At the beginning of term there was so much nervous energy—mostly mine. These nerves always threw me, so I did what seemed to make the most sense: hand out the syllabus, say a couple of things, and send them on their way; we’d start in earnest the next time we met. Phew. Over the years, I’ve learned that the first class is an opportunity not to be wasted and when I used that time well, it made a difference to classroom dynamics and the energy of the term. In this session, we’ll discuss a variety of ideas, activities, and strategies that might help structure a first class including:Setting a tone (and identifying what tone you want to set)Building connections and communityGetting students excited (!) about the contentOutlining course expectations and getting students engaged in those expectationsThe almighty syllabusAudience | VIU Campus CommunityDate | Thursday, August 29, 1:30 - 2:30 pmLocation | Nanaimo Campus Library Building 305, Room 509Registration | https://inviu.viu.ca/TinyUrl.cfm?ID=145Questions | kathleen.bortolin@viu.ca | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learningfalse

In my earlier days of teaching, I often dreaded the first class of the semester. At the beginning of term there was so much nervous energy—mostly mine. These nerves always threw me, so I did what seemed to make the most sense: hand out the syllabus, say a couple of things, and send them on their way; we’d start in earnest the next time we met. Phew. Over the years, I’ve learned that the first class is an opportunity not to be wasted and when I used that time well, it made a difference to classroom dynamics and the energy of the term. In this session, we’ll discuss a variety of ideas, activities, and strategies that might help structure a first class including:

  • Setting a tone (and identifying what tone you want to set)
  • Building connections and community
  • Getting students excited (!) about the content
  • Outlining course expectations and getting students engaged in those expectations
  • The almighty syllabus

Audience | VIU Campus Community

Date | Thursday, August 29, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Location | Nanaimo Campus Library Building 305, Room 509

Registration | https://inviu.viu.ca/TinyUrl.cfm?ID=145

Questions | kathleen.bortolin@viu.ca | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

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