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Best Practices

Our Best Practices spotlight various timely topics in education. 

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Best Practices: First Day of Class

Best Practices: First Day of Class

Never underestimate the importance of the first class! The “way you engage students on the first day sends powerful messages about the level of involvement and interaction you expect from students... it is a great chance to stimulate interest about the course and to activate relevant prior knowledge students may have about the material” (CMU).

Read more in google docThe First Day of Class, external link

Past Topics

Access an archive of all our past issues of Best Practices organized by topic below:

google docActive learning science, external link

google docActive learning, external link

google docCase method, external link

google docClassroom management, external link

google docDebate in the classroom, external link

google docEffective online communication, external link

google docEncouraging student reading, external link

google docEngaging adult learners, external link

google docExperiential learning, external link

google docFacilitating discussion, external link

google docFaculty student engagement, external link

google docFirst day of class , external link

Flexible learning 

google docFlipped classroom, external link

google docGamification, external link

google docGraduate student supervision, external link

google docGroup work, external link

google docGuide to reflective writing, external link

google docHelping students learn, external link

google docIncorporating reflective writing, external link

google docIntroduction online learning, external link

google docMaking lectures engaging, external link

google docMaking yourself heard, external link

google docMental wellbeing in the classroom, external link

google docMixed age classrooms, external link

google docPlanning a presentation, external link

google docPresentation skills, external link

google docEngaging Undergraduates with Primary Resources, external link

google docProblem-based learning, external link

google docResponding to student email , external link

google docSupporting eal learners, external link

google docTeaching first years, external link

google docTeaching graduate students, external link

google docTeaching large classes, external link

google docTeaching with technology, external link

google docTeam teaching , external link

google docTechnology-enhanced teaching suggestions, external link

google docUniversal design for learning, external link

Resources Contact 

Michelle Schwartz
Educational Developer
Ext. 552094
michelle.schwartz@ryerson.ca