The First Day of Class

Teacher on first day

As summer comes to a close, teaching faculty and instructors, like students, begin to prepare for the first week of classes.  For those that have been teaching for some time, this is almost a ritual that symbolizes the changing of seasons, but for new teachers, the prospect of the first day of class can be overwhelming, even terrifying.

The first day of anything sets the tone for the rest of what is to come: the first day of softball practice, the first day of band rehearsal, and the first day at a new job are just a few examples that come to mind.

A 2007 study found that students who experienced a positive first day of class exhibited better attitudes, positive expectations, and higher motivation over the duration of the course.

To the surprise of the investigators, students also earned higher grades than the students with negative first day experiences, though it should be noted that the sample size for this study was very small, and the investigators recommend further research.5

So, for first-year teaching faculty and instructors out there, what do you need to know to prepare you for the first day of class?

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What is the Pygmalion Effect?

What is the pygmalion effect?

sculptor and sculptureThis psychological effect takes its name from a character in Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Pygmalion is a sculptor who fell in love with his own statue that he created out of ivory. The effect was proven through a study by Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson in 1968.

In a nutshell:
The Pygmalion effect shows that teachers’ expectations of their students have a strong effect on student performance. Continue reading “What is the Pygmalion Effect?”

What is the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique?

What is The Immediate Feedback Technique?

In a nutshell:
The Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT), commonly known as “scratch off scantrons” or “scratchies,” is a tool used to assess knowledge and learning in ‘real time.’ It’s a card on which students record their answers to multiple choice questions by scratching off an opaque material similar to that found on lottery scratch tickets to see if they got the correct answer. Continue reading “What is the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique?”

The ACE Advantage

The ACE Advantage by Betsy Carter

During the 2017-2018 school year, ACE Tutoring and Quiet Study received over 35,000 visits to its location in the lower level of the West Dining Center. Meaning, ACE is an extremely popular academic resource for students who have questions about course material or who want the opportunity to review material with a tutor that has already successfully completed the class. Tutoring is peer-led, appointments are not necessary, and students can visit the center as often as they like. As instructors and staff at NDSU, you may want to note that students who used ACE services in fall 2017 had numerically higher term grade point averages (GPA) (3.10) than students who did not (2.97)Continue reading “The ACE Advantage”