Calm your first day of class nerves with a Letter of Expectations. You can start you semester off on the right foot by clearly laying out your expectations for your students. Use this template to craft a letter that is in question/answer format. This allows you to call on students to read the questions and then to praise them for asking such good questions on the first day! ;)
I have handed out this letter along with my course syllabus EVERY first day of class. It always works to set a tone that is warm and up-beat while also setting the bar very high for what I expect.
This Word Document is a template with a greeting, six questions, and a closing.
I hope you find this resource helpful!