Just walk into class the first day and mumbling, “I am Dr. smithereens,” and then just launching what lecture the day (or bringing opening PowerPoint) or do something else that does not start to build communication and rapport with students is going to cause a collective ‘Oh, great, not this, “from students. Just be present yourself effectively to students on day 1 sets you apart from the (too) many other professors. Students think,” Hmmm , this could be right, “which can be as excited as they are willing to get until you’ve proven yourself further
Consider this :. Students register for a particular class sections for either (or both) of two primary reasons :. the comfort of a time slot, and the reputation of Professor Said another way, the same consumer-oriented students most fitting class in their already busy schedules, and have their needs met with. reliable professor While greeting students as they come into the classroom is a lot to the environment, self-promotion is important to either confirm expectations students have already established -. or to create expectations from scratch
Many students today are skeptical authority figures, ie they question the motives, knowledge and experience levels of those in charge. Some enter your class not very enthusiastic direction, or eager to learn, and perhaps tolerate activities that they perceive not as productive. So your presentation you need to be sensitive, but very focused on the course you are teaching. Providing your understanding of a limited their time, but also strengthen your expectations rigor. You will have many opportunities in all the time to show a broader background, but in the first presentation you should strive for succinctness, humility and a little interest (and just a touch of humor if it’s your style).
presentation should also clarify when and how students can contact you. Course will provide office, phone and fax numbers, website and e-mail address, and you need to let students know clearly whether your phone home is somewhere they can call. My recommendation is not to allow or encourage, though other professors have found that students do not abuse it. Either make your policy clear to (including off-limits times, etc.)
You must also let students know when you will be available to meet with them individually, especially if the classroom is not near office. Periodically ordered fifteen or twenty minutes before and after the time for negotiations with individual students who either arrive early or who want to hang around after class. Most students will not take advantage of this time, the phone providing the media that you care about the needs of students.
In the technical world, most professors have established websites at least one part of their courses. These sites allow students who are not inclined to ask questions in class or approaching professors outside class, to get to know you.
In your introduction, avoid saying, “This is the first time I am teaching this course” or “I was just asked to teach this class for two days.” While such statements may be true, they serve no useful and will surely hamper your ability to establish a positive classroom environment. Even if you have not had enough time to fully develop the curriculum, you should provide an overview of progress and their study, and then ask students for feedback about their expectations. No later than the next class meeting, perhaps by e-mail before the grant category with a full syllabus containing the program of activities. If you do this, security, students will feel that they had input in the planning of class and maybe be more invested in its success.