first day of class

Marja Bakermans: First day activities in a 1000-level biodiversity course

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(BB 1045, Biodiversity, 40-80 students) On the first day of class I like to take a few minutes, before I go through the syllabus and discuss the expectations for the term, for students to contemplate the study of biodiversity. First, I ask students for the definition of biodiversity. Next, I explain that each discipline has […]

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Small group activities on the first day of class in introductory materials science

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Small group activities on the first day of class in introductory materials science

My main pedagogical objective on the first day of class is for students to see, right away, that they will be talking as much as me during the course. In particular, since team-based learning is the dominant pedagogy in the course, I want them to experience that on the first day. In addition, I want to get […]

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Puzzles and Myth Busters instead of Powerpoint on the first day of Suzanne LePage’s Transportation Engineering course

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Puzzles and Myth Busters instead of Powerpoint on the first day of Suzanne LePage’s Transportation Engineering course

To get students actively learning on the first day of my Traffic Engineering Course (CE 3050), I will not use my PowerPoint presentation that lists the various transportation modes, systems, and organizations involved in transportation engineering.  Instead, I will break them into groups of four and ask them to complete a crossword puzzle composed of […]

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Active learning on the first day of Constance Clark’s course on History of Evolutionary Thought

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Active learning on the first day of Constance Clark’s course on History of Evolutionary Thought

On the first day of class I arrive early with a cart full of skeletons, skulls, fossils, shells, plants, an ostrich egg, some rocks, shark teeth, and a peculiar upside-down drawing of a sloth.  Before the students arrive (at least with any luck before they arrive—if there are people who got there early I ask […]

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Constance Clark elicits discussion around a central theme using a provocative statement

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Constance Clark elicits discussion around a central theme using a provocative statement

In B-term of 2016, I am offering a seminar on the history of science in public and science popularization.  I always try to start the first class with an activity that gets people introducing themselves to each other and then talking through a theme that will be central to the course.  For the class this […]

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Eleanor Loiacono: The PB&J example is sticky!

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Eleanor Loiacono: The PB&J example is sticky!

One example I use in both undergraduate and graduate MIS courses on the first day of class is the making of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I lay out a table cloth over a desk and then place a plate, napkin, knife, fork, spoon, jar of peanut butter, loaf of bread, and jar of jelly. […]

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How Liz Ryder uses active learning on the first day of “Exploring Bioinformatics”

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How Liz Ryder uses active learning on the first day of “Exploring Bioinformatics”

BCB 100X / BB 100X Exploring Bioinformatics and Computational Biology meets twice a week for 2 hours each session.  It has a mixed population of about 30 students.  Some are BCB freshmen, who are taking the class for their major, and tend to have recent high school biology background and little computer science background.  The […]

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Tricia Stapleton Using Think-Pair-Share on the First Day of Class

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Tricia Stapleton Using Think-Pair-Share on the First Day of Class

I use several think-pair-share activities throughout a term in my ENV1100: Introduction to Environmental Studies (~50 students), including the first day of class. I have several objectives for employing a think-pair-share activity on the first day: 1) to set the tone of an active learning classroom for the term, 2) to make students review their […]

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Liz Ryder’s Use of Think-Pair-Share in Neurobiology

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Liz Ryder’s Use of Think-Pair-Share in Neurobiology

I use Think-Pair-Share (TPS) whenever I want students to think actively rather than simply receiving information passively.   When I’m presenting something in class, I’ll often ask the class a question rather than simply making a statement, but we all know that this usually only generates responses from a small group of students.  So instead of […]

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