What a great idea! I too have gotten much better at realizing when I’m using a lot of negative wording, and I am getting to the point where if I need to make a rule, I think something deeper is wrong. Much better to engage students like this!
Now that we have gotten through quite a bit of the semester, how do you think your new approach has impacted the class? Do you see any long-term effects of this new approach to the first day? I enjoyed reading this. I think your class sounds like a lot of fun!
Thanks Laura. I am enjoying the classes more which is definitely transferring to the students. There are more interactions and more interesting questions being asked. It has also helped for me to remember how I behaved at the similar age of my students. So far, so good.
I am glad to hear that things are going well!
I love this idea! First impressions about a class and getting students excited for the semester is more important than 1:50 minutes of rules. On our first day, we view a brief satirical clip (Colbert, Oliver, Stewart) and I then ask them to evaluate the argument as a group. ( for my 202 class) It allows them the get to know one another and have some fun. It sets the tone for our semester together.
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