Starting the Semester

"The first day of class sets the tone for the rest of the term...[It is your opportunity to convey your enthusiasm for the material and stimulate students' curiosity about topics that will be covered during the term...create a relaxed, open classroom environment conducive to inquiry and participation...let students know what you will expect from them and what they can expect from you and the course" (Barbara Gross Davis, 1993).

There's a lot more to preparing that first day of class than might meet the eye. Naturally you'll need a lesson plan (more on that below), but there are also significant tasks that should be accomplished BEFORE the first day.

Checklist of Pre-Tasks

These are ideas you should consider before any teaching job, even outside of USF:

USF-Specific Preparation

There are a number of resources to help situate new faculty to teaching at USF:

Building a Lesson Plan

On the First Day