Some would argue that the first two weeks of class are the most critical in setting the tone for the class and creating expectations. Although the syllabus serves as a guide for covering course content and objectives, a living document co-created with students can build community, articulate values, and create a buy-in for following through on completing assignments throughout the semester.
This activity is designed to help students name what they would like to see happen in the class to create a productive and positive classroom environment. Students tend to be more invested and feel more ownership when they help set the ground rules. This collective document created by the class can be posted in Blackboard and can serve as a check-in to ensure that objectives are being met as the semester progresses.
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