First Day of Class

The first day of class is your chance to begin building a relationship with your students and set a positive tone for the semester ahead. Icebreaker activities are great to use during the first class meeting. They help students feel more comfortable and give them the opportunity to get to know one another. Below are some ideas for icebreaker activities as well as other resources to help you through the first day of class.

Accessing Your Course Roster
This short video walks you through the process of accessing PASSPORT and obtaining your class roster.

32 Icebreaker Activities
This collection of icebreaker activities was created by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Lansing Community College. You’ll find activities for individuals, pairs, and small groups.

 First Day Strategies
This collection of first day activities was compiled by Polk State’s own faculty experts. For each activity you’ll find directions and any necessary handouts or materials.

First Day of Class Strategies
Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching
This page contains a variety of tips and strategies for making the best use of the first day of class and provides strategies for how to create an inviting classroom.

Make the Most of the First Day of Class
Carnegie Mellon University
This short article outlines eight objectives for the first day of class and provides strategies for accomplishing them.