Tip for first-day lectures: ‘Sell’ the class

After my first day of class yesterday, I remembered (too late) how important it is to “sell the class” to the students very early on the first day. I saved my “sales pitch” for the last part, whereas it would have been better, I think, to tell them why the class is the most important damn class they will ever take at the beginning. (I normally say this to all of my classes, so it can’t literally be true, but it helps, i think, to speak with that kind of conviction about why the class is something they should be excited about within the first ten minutes of class on the first day.)

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