The First Day Of Class: 22 Critical Topics Every Instructor Needs To Prepare For & Address

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The first class meeting is arguably the most important day of the school term. For students it's crucial because this is when impressions are formed, trust begins, and relationships are initiated or dashed. For first-generation students, it could mean the difference between them coming back on day two or leaving the campus forever. The first day of class is a perfect opportunity for instructors to establish a relationship with students. This webinar will introduce twenty-two different topics every instructor needs to prepare for and address on that first day of class. The presenter will also provide questions for each topic. These topics and questions can form the basis for new faculty mentoring, a reflective practice workshop, or tuning up veteran faculty.

While this webinar focuses on the classroom environment, the twenty-two areas of concern are easily and readily applicable to campus orientation and recruitment seminars. Just like the teacher establishing the mood and atmosphere for the first day of class, an advisor running a workshop or orientation needs to be mindful of tone, passion, relevance, timeliness, attire, boundaries and limits (to name a few more of our twenty-two concepts). The manner in which we acknowledge and handle each consideration can either lessen anxiety or enhance it; build community or create walls; or heighten our students sense of excitement and passion or crush them with irrelevance.

  • Analyze and evaluate a brief teaching and learning scenario describing how one faculty member begins a semester with students
  • Explain why you consider the first day of class to be a crucial meeting
  • Remember and share one action one of your teachers did for you on the first day of class that made a positive difference in your life as a student
  • List your top three must-dos for the first day of class
  • List your top three actions to avoid on the first day of class
  • Share your strategies for building community with students from the first day of class
  • Develop and implement a call-to-action exercise that will allow you to apply the webinar strategies
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Affairs Staff
  • Faculty (full and part-time)
  • Dean of Instruction
  • Department Chairs
  • Online Learning Faculty
  • Orientation Staff
  • Recruitment Staff
  • Anyone interested in creating a teaching and learning community from day one

"The old adage holds, We never have a second chance to make a first impression. What will yours be on the first day you welcome the students to your classroom, orientation, or campus? The manner in which we acknowledge and handle each consideration can either lessen student anxiety or enhance it; build community or create walls; or heighten our student's sense of excitement and passion or crush them with irrelevance."

Steve Piscitelli is a recognized teacher, author and workshop facilitator.

Steve draws on his (33) years of classroom and professional development experience to connect with his audience on a practical level. Recently “retired” from Florida State College at Jacksonville, he remains actively involved with faculty and administrator training across the nation. Additionally, he writes a weekly blog and produces a monthly podcast channel, both of which address the topics of growth and resilience.

He recently released his eleventh book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, which encourages educators to embrace the power of collaboration. Thirty-seven scenarios—based on real educational issues—bring The Seven Rs of Success to life.


Steve has written two student success books (both in their 3rd edition with Pearson Education). The University of Texas/NISOD has published four of his articles addressing the principles of teaching and learning success.

In 2015, Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve as one of the "Fabulous 50." Nominated by students, this recognition honored "talented and dedicated faculty and staff.” Steve also received special recognition from Jacksonville University with the addition of his name to the list of "Alumni You Ought to Know."

In 2014, Steve delivered a TEDx talk: “Awareness, Assumptions and Actions: Why Do You Do What You Do?”

Steve lives the mantra that “Life is too short to associate with negative people, pessimistic attitudes, and ‘breaking news’ alerts.” He and his wife of more than forty years, Laurie, along with his canine companion, Roxie, live in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

For more information and resources, please visit www.stevepiscitelli.com.

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