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How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?

How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?

Learn to improve upon traditional first-day classroom activities and replace stilted introductions and syllabus review with active learning by utilizing distance learning tools.

Practice What You Teach – Before the First Day!

You know how important the first day of a new course is.

Pedagogical literature is full of studies exploring the significance of the first day in shaping your class environment and student attitudes. You can readily find multiple examples of all you need to practice and model.

The problem is that it’s not possible to accomplish all this in one day.

Fortunately, there is a better way, and you can learn all about it in How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Gary R. Hafer, Ph.D., the John P. Graham Teaching Professor at Lycoming College.

Hafer’s elegant solution? Start earlier. By taking advantage of distance learning tools, you can start connecting with students before they even walk into your classroom.

What sets this presentation apart is the wealth of specific information Hafer provides. Hafer, a widely published author, provides both a big-picture view of the benefits of “prelearning” and nitty-gritty details of how to organize it. Here are just some of the things you’ll learn:

  • The four benefits of early outreach
  • Five distance learning techniques for connecting with students before the first day
  • The seven distinct planning components of preclass communication
  • Effective scheduling for preclass communication

From students who are self-starters to those at risk, preclass communication helps set up all students for success. Purchase How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?today, and see how you can make the first day of your next course a great beginning for everyone.

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