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The first day of class is an important time. This CDTL Brief on Preparing for the First Lecture/Class provides tips on pre-class preparations, ideas on approaching the first class session and hints in getting comfortable in front of the class.

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The First Class—Getting my Act together
Seah Kar Heng
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Standing in front of a class to teach a module for the first time can be a terrifying experience. There is an exasperating anxiety of the unknown since one is charting an untrodden path with so many uncertainties. Continue reading

Your First Class: Preparation and “Theatre”
Alice Christudason
Associate Professor
Department of Real Estate
Associate Director, CDTL
It surprises me that even seasoned artistes confess to having nerves before their first performance. As one of the roles we assume as teachers includes being a ‘performer’ of sorts, it bodes well for us to make sure that we do whatever we can to ‘get our act together’, particularly for our first class. Continue reading

Stimulating Student Interest in the First Lecture
Philip Holden
Associate Professor
Department of English Language and Literature
The first class meeting is often a defining moment in a course: it establishes expectations and an implicit learning contract on the part of both students and lecturer. Yet the first class also has a number of mutually contradictory requirements that have to be negotiated with some skill. Continue reading

Starting on the Right Track
Ma. Socorro C. Bacay
Senior Instructor, School of Management and Information Technology
College Registrar, DLSU-College of St. Benilde, Philippines
Preparing for the first lecture entails more than getting your materials or lecture presentation ready. It is also means preparing to meet your students for the first time and making a good impression. For the teacher, the first lecture is an initial attempt at creating an atmosphere of mutual trust, setting the tone for the rest of the term, marketing the course to motivate students to stay on and to actively participate in class, and inspiring students towards the achievement of mutually agreed upon goals and expectations. Continue reading

Making or Breaking a Course—the First Lesson
Winston Lee Piak Nam
Human Resource Management Unit
The motto of the Scout Movement “Be Prepared” tells us that things do not happen by chance in life. Instead, in order to accomplish any task successfully, it is important to plan and prepare a course of action. Continue reading