Alternatives to beginning a semester with “syllabus day”

August 5, 2016

“The pedagogical decisions we collectively make about the first day of our classes have conditioned students to expect nothing more than a syllabus … and an early exit after about 15 minutes,” writes Kevin Gannon for Chronicle Vitae. “That’s the absolute worst way to begin a semester.” Instead, Gannon recommends using a different approach on the first day. Instead, Gannon recommends a number of different approaches to the first day of class, including introducing activities that will be the norm throughout the semester, conducting a mini-lesson on an interesting part of the course material, or developing the classroom expectations through a discussion with students. Chronicle Vitae