Before Semester Starts

Getting off to a good start

Getting off to a good start is very important; first impressions can make a big difference to how readily your students engage with your course.  When you begin teaching, think about how you will create a classroom environment conducive to learning, develop a rapport with your students,  build trust and respect, and clarify your expectations.

Video series - Tips for Before Semester Starts

In these 9 videos, teachers offer useful comments and tips on getting started, setting ground rules and boundaries, staying in touch, building respect and trust in the classroom, and engaging students in learning.


Well before the start of Semester, begin planning your course by considering the following:


The following checklists will help you in the planning stages of your teaching: