I just finished teaching the first day of my Advanced Placement General Psychology class. There were fourteen students in attendance, out of a possible sixteen.
I began by sharing my academic credentials, as well as my diverse work experiences. I also had each student introduce him/her self, and list their career goals.
We completed a couple of icebreakers, including two truths and a lie. I played this along with the students!
We reviewed the course syllabus. I opened up the classroom to a question and answer session about the types of activities that clinical psychologists complete.
Since there was extra time remaining for this first day of classes, I had students talk about their favorite, as well as their least favorite classes in high school.
Some of these students are bussed to the college, whereas others drive themselves. Consequently, I’m required to keep all students until their bus arrives to pick them up.