Teaching Tip: The Critical First Day of Class
August 20, 2015
- A good introduction to OM provides a bit of background; it builds connections by identifying shared experiences and common interests. The details offered in a good introduction motivate continued conversation.
- The first day gives you the chance to explain why OM matters to you. Of all the potential majors, you chose one in this field—how did that happen?
- The operations course develops important concrete analytic skills. The first day is a good time to let students know what they will be able to do—or do better—as a consequence of this course.
- Courses have been known to change lives. Most don’t, but OM is probably the most dynamic subject in all of business.
- Talk about your commitment to teaching–and your favorite things about teaching.
- You can talk about your commitment to student learning.
- It’s a chance to find out about your students in the course. This can build constructive relationships and help establish concrete ways to connect.
- OM is a new course and the beginning of a new academic year. You and your students want the same things on the first day—a good course, a positive constructive learning environment, the chance to succeed.
- Students may look passive and not especially interested, but don’t be fooled. On that very first day, get students connected with each other and the course content.
- It’s the day in the course when it’s easiest for the teacher to genuinely smile. You have only good news to share, so let them hear it.