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Preparing to Teach Your First Semester

Prepare in advance for your first semester of teaching at Florida State University. Browse our checklists for tips, articles, and related links to mandatory administrative policies, guidelines, and best practices that can be applied well in advance of the first day through the end of the semester.

  • Before classes begin
    Get your IDs and passwords, learn the intricacies of the classroom space, attend virtual workshops, prepare a syllabus that is aligned with course learning objectives, check your textbook orders, request and populate your course site, and request digital media to enhance instruction.
  • First day of classes
    Show students your passion for teaching, collect contact information, take attendance, introduce the course website, outline goals and expectations, and convey the learning atmosphere for the semester.
  • Throughout the semester
    Lecture effectively, enhance interaction, use multiple media, embrace diversity, organize, utilize course reserves, write test questions that encourage critical thinking, and have students apply subject matter to solve real problems.
  • End of the semester
    Place book orders online, request course evaluation packets, copy contents from your course site, block access to copyrighted materials, and use your course evaluation report to improve your next course.