Advice for the First Day of Class

Advice for the First Day of Class

With the start of the Fall 2013 semester just two weeks away, this TAP blog post focuses on the first-day teaching experience in the college classroom.  Check out this Faculty Focus advice article that highlights how first-day use of the “Today We Will” strategy can set an organized, focused tone for the rest of the course.  What other first-day instructional plans and strategies will you use for your fall semester courses?

If you are a new Teaching Assistant, check out the “Your First Day in the Classroom” and other insightful sessions scheduled for the annual Teaching Assistant Orientation hosted by the TA Project.  All new Teaching Assistants can register for the upcoming Teaching Assistant Orientation programs at  See you there!


“Majoring in a Professor”

“Majoring in a Professor”

Check out the following Inside Higher Ed blog post about a recent research study that examines the long-term impact of an effective, influential college instructor for an introductory-level course on an undergraduate student’s future academic and professional pursuits.

Looking to become one of these inspiring college instructors?  With many of you as Teaching Assistants responsible for introductory-level courses at Rutgers University, sign up for TAP’s professional development sessions offered during the academic year to earn certificates on college teaching.  A finalized calendar of dates and times for these TAP sessions will be posted shortly at