Making the First Day Count

As another academic year begins, we’ll all be in situations over the next few days that prove the truth of the old adage, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” As Sarah Rose Cavanagh points out, our students will quickly form impressions of both us and our courses—as unfair as that might sound—and those impressions can prove remarkably durable, perhaps even overshadowing much of what we do throughout the rest of the semester. Even if we aren’t teaching in a traditional classroom or course environment, even if our interactions with students involve office visits or the like, those first impressions are crucial. How can we best let students know they belong here, and that we are here to help them become successful? Continue reading “Making the First Day Count”