What to Do on the First and Last Day of Classes

Figuring out the best way to make a great first impression and a final lasting impression can be challenging for any teacher.

First Day of Class: For practical tips on how to prepare for the first day of classes, we recommend these websites at Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell. Carnegie Mellon University also provides great advice for how to make the most of your first day of class. There is also an interesting video by the MERLOT ELIXR project that discusses how to make your first class a “real” first class.

Last Day of Class: Ending your class on a high note is also very important. This resource from Endicott College provides some excellent and different ideas for how to approach the ending of your course.