Getting Started

Welcome to Loyalist!

New to teaching at Loyalist? The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) is here to support your teaching and learning needs. Our main office is in room 2H14, the Office Coordinator can be reached at 613-969-1913 ext. 2260 or via email catl@loyalistcollege.comThis section contains resources that will help you get started. 

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It’s important to make a connection with students at the beginning of a new term. Introduce yourself by either creating an announcement in Blackboard, send an email, or create a video prior to the first day of school. If you’re teaching a face-to-face course, consider showing up early and greeting each student individually. You can also try an icebreaker to help students get to know one another. Perhaps plan some engaging activities to help alleviate any first-day jitters and to create a positive learning environment.

A great way to get started is to clearly articulate your expectations, such as how you expect your students to communicate with you.

  • What type of expectations do you have of your students?
  • What type of expectations do your students have of you?
  • How can you establish rapport with your students?
  • How will you engage students in your course content?


A successful first class can set the stage for the rest of the semester. When preparing the class environment: 

  • Review your classroom set up. What is the physical structure of your classroom? What does this communicate to students? Can you move desks around?
  • Ask for clarification on pronunciation to ensure you are correct. It will communicate to the students you are willing to learn and will go a long way to establishing trust.
  • Use an activity to get to know your students. Providing students with an opportunity to respond to a set of questions anonymously may support them to communicate information they may feel uncomfortable to do in the large group or face-to-face.
  • Indicate how students can reach and communicate with you.
  • Become familiar with the college, School, and program policies on student conduct and review the program manual.
  • Establish, as a group, guidelines for respectful and professional classroom conduct, which outlines what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior. Be consistent in your application.
  • Have confidence and be as prepared as possible.


Below are a few resources that provide some ideas on how to approach your first day of classes. Additional resources can also be found on our Classroom Management page.

Making the most of your first day of class – Carnegie Mellon University 

Ice Breakers for the College Classroom – Faculty Focus

First Day of Class Activity – Faculty Focus 

Ice Breaker Activities – Lansing Community College

Faculty Introductory Video 

Party Games to Energize Your Classroom – ThoughtCo

Paper Planes as an Ice Breaker – EduTopia