What are effective ways to get to know my students and create a positive learning environment from the very beginning of the term? How can I pique students' curiosity about the subject matter? How can I set student expectations for active engagement in the course?
These are common questions we hear about the first days of class, an important time for setting the tone for what is to come in the term. CRLT offers many resources to help faculty and GSIs think carefully about getting the most out of the first days. These include tips for learning student names, activities for building community, and suggestions for ways to introduce course material and communicate expectations.
Other resources about inclusive teaching provide specific strategies for ensuring that you foster learning environments that include and enable all of your students, from the very beginning of the term. Indeed, inclusive teaching can begin before you ever walk into a classroom, as emphasized by these resources on course design and syllabus design.
As always, CRLT consultants are also available to work one-on-one with instructors. We're here to help you get your classes off to a great start.