I just started back to my face-to-face courses today and want to talk to you for a moment about first impressions.
The old adage that you can’t make a second first impression is true. I have two classes at my face-to-face college and here is the impression I have of those students on the first day:
Most of the students are enthusiastic, attentive, and ready for the semester. I asked them to read the chapter before I lectured on it today and, based on questions and comments, I believe that many of them did.
The students look like they are drug-free (no glazed looks so far!) and seem to be dressed for class instead of being attired for the local bar. They also appear to be well-rested for their first day.
Most of the students took notes, as I requested. Only a few sat there and stared at me. Although public speaking courses can be daunting, only one student anonymously asked if the speeches were mandatory (yes, if you want to pass the course. They are worth 60% of your grade, combined, so you have to give the speeches or you will fail.) That said, I will be working with my students closely, to help them “be the best that they can be”- to paraphrase the Army slogan.
I predict a superb semester!