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ERIC Number: EJ1056954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Making the Most of Your First Day of Class
Gaffney, Jon D. H.; Whitaker, Jacob T.
Physics Teacher, v53 n3 p137-139 Mar 2015
Instructors of physics courses face the demanding challenge of creating a safe, nurturing community in their classroom while maintaining sufficient rigor. First-day activities are especially important, because they need to both motivate their students and prepare them for the course. Experienced instructors happily share their successful first-day activities, but what works for one instructor or class might not be as successful for another. We postulate that to be successful, an activity will set expectations, attend to the "face needs" of the students, and build the instructor's credibility. By modeling the course activities and fostering a supportive learning community, well-suited activities can both orient and motivate students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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