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The Photography Teacher's Handbook by Garin Horner

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Chapter 3 Tips for the First Day of Class

Someone once said, ‘There are no second chances at making a first impression’ and the first impression a teacher makes is a significant event with consequences that can ripple throughout the semester. It is the goal here to offer evidence-based, effective practices that can influence the nature of those consequences. From the information presented here, educators can choose which methods to use in order to establish an organized, cohesive, collaborative environment where students become excited about becoming part of a community of learners in the study of photography.

What an instructor does on the first day of a course can impact students’ motivation in the course. To build upon these prior research ...

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