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Lesson 3: Creating a Positive Environment

  1. Arrive early to set the room up as desired.
    • Seating arrangement is determined by the tone or atmosphere desired, as well as the physical limitations of the room.
    • Check for the following: markers, erasers, lighting, room temperature, number of desks/chairs, etc.
    • Write your name and the course code on the board. (This helps those students who might be in the wrong classroom.)
    • Post the class agenda on the board.
  2. Greet students as they arrive.
  3. As students arrive have them fill out a 3 x 5 card with information that you desire, such as name, phone number, past educational experience, why they took the course, etc. If the class is not opposed, ask for a volunteer to type a class roster with names, phone numbers, and/or email addresses.
  4. 5 x 7 cards can also be provided and tented to display the students' names until the instructor learns all names.
  5. Use good human relationship skills, such as eye contact, active listening, smiling, etc.
  6. Provide a ten minute break every fifty minutes and let students know where food and beverage are available.
  7. Start on time and end on time.

Lessons: Index, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, References

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