for College Teaching: Engaging Your Students from the First Day
by Angela Provitera McGlynn
Laying the groundwork for a
successful semester starts with the first day of class. Author Angela
Provitera McGlynn tells that the first day is not the day to pass out a
syllabus and let everyone go. Rather, it's the day to set the context for
the rest of the semester.
The author stresses the
need for developing an atmosphere of respect for diversity while
simultaneously providing a safe and exciting place to explore
Included are a whole
variety of ice breakers and other exercises to keep students engaged
and interacting. In addition, such vital issues as classroom dynamics,
motivating students, and dealing with incivility are addressed with
suggestions for promoting positive interactions.