How Can I Capture Students' Interest in the First 5 Minutes?
We show you how to make the most of that first meeting with your students. Teaching and learning depend on building and sustaining student interest and strong course openings get it all started. You learn to draft your own “enthusiasm statement” to use in your own courses to draw students into the subject matter.
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You only get one chance to make a first impression, and that’s particularly important in the college classroom.
Find out how to use your first class with college students to set the stage for a semester of dynamic, engaged learning.
You’ll think, write, and reflect in How Can I Capture Students’ Interest in the First 5 Minutes? and come away with numerous ideas to help you intrigue, inspire, and motivate students from the get-go.
In less time than it might take to review your course syllabus, presenter Alice Cassidy, Ph.D., shows you how to make the most of that first meeting with students.
Teaching and learning depend on building and sustaining student interest and strong course openings get it all started. The key is making sure the first thing you say in class is exciting. Cassidy calls this an “enthusiasm statement,” and she shows you how to generate your own by:
- Describing how you first got drawn into the course’s subject matter
- Introducing students to the hottest controversies in your field
- Helping students explore cutting edge ideas of leading scholars
- Telling students about the most important things they will learn in your class
After this session you will be able to:
- Draft your own “enthusiasm statement” to use in your own courses
- Use your first class to build student interest, rather than cover routine housekeeping issues
- Further enrich your teaching by following up on sources presented in this 20 Minute Mentor
Cassidy shares techniques you can use immediately. You’ll see how learning about students’ goals, exploring “mystery items,” and structured discussion groups can help you make your first class a gateway to inspired teaching and learning.
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Alice Cassidy is principal of Alice Cassidy In View Education and Professional Development. She has a B.Sc. (honours) from the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She coordinates first year courses in the Faculties of Science and Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She coordinates the Canada-wide 3M National Teaching Fellowships for undergraduate students. She has held leadership roles at UBC’s campus-wide teaching support centre and its associated scholarship of teaching and learning.
Since the mid-1980s, she has designed, directed, facilitated and/or taught a wide variety of educational programs, including the award-winning Shad Valley Program for high-school students; university courses in biology and education for undergraduate and graduate students; science education and natural history field classes; teaching and learning seminars for instructors at post-secondary institutions in BC, Ontario and China, and customized workshops, both face to face and online for educators.
Her areas of focus include active and participatory learning, professional development for organizations, use of self-directed learning, problems and cases in real-world settings, instructional and narrative skills, sustainability education and leadership and students as active collaborators in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
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