Last week I had the pleasure of meeting several faculty getting ready to teach this Spring. During our “Course Prep Bootcamp” I met colleagues with experience teaching at Baruch, who wanted to build upon best practices discovered from previous semesters. I also met colleagues who will teach at Baruch for the first time, who had great questions on how to create an engaging learning environment and impactful assignments.
One recurrent theme was how to approach the first day of class. What are specific actions we can take to start the semester off in a way that is welcoming to students and also jump starts the process of learning the course topic?
Tamara Gubernat, CTL Digital Pedagogy Specialist, recommends this advice guide “How to Teach a Good First Day of Class” published by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s a quick read and offers precise steps and examples.
Faculty can also brainstorm approaches with the CTL. We’ll shortly announce upcoming “Drop In Hours” or you are always welcome to contact us to set up an appointment.
In the meantime, we wish you a great start to the semester and hope that you’ll join us for some conversation, coffee and cookies at our “Faculty Welcome Back Social” on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 3-5pm in VC 14-269. No RSVP required, just stop in and stay however long you can!