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Why is this important?

Being in the classroom well before class begins (at least 10-15 minutes) sends the message to students that you are dedicated to their learning and that you prioritize it in your busy life. Your preparation and organization also model the professional behavior that is so important to their career success.

What do I need to do ahead of time?

  • Make a list of all the materials you’ll need for the session. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

  • Practice your lecture/demo ahead of time. Thinking through the material and practicing increases the likelihood that your classroom delivery will go smoothly.

  • Print out any handouts that you will need. Stopping to print in the middle of class is disruptive and distracting.

What should I do when I get to class?

  • Come to class early to set up and prepare, so that you can start class on time. If you are unable to arrive early, start with a structured activity that students can work on, while you prepare your materials.
  • Check your media on the computers/machines inside the classroom where you’re teaching. Discovering that something doesn’t work when class is in session wastes class time and leads to distracted students. 

  • Post a daily agenda on the board. This helps you and the students keep on track.

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