"The Most Important Day: Starting Well" (web page) offers a number of suggestions to make the first day of class a more positive and productive activity than just "handing out a syllabus, giving an assignment, and dismissing the class."
- The suggestions are presented to "make sure student[s'] attitudes toward you, the course, and the subject matter will support a constructive learning climate for the semester."
- "They are not in a particular order, but can be sampled to fit your own preferences."
1. Topics Covered Include the Following (each elaborated with practical suggestions):