I had a great start to the semester. Two classes yesterday, a couple today. My primary goal has been to get every student to smile on SYLLABUS day. Syllabus day is usually short, no fun, very boring, blah, blah, do this and turn in that.
But my mentor encouraged me to show some pics of the family, talk about my path back to CU, and ask students to share some of their stories. The doors of communication and relationship flew open as we talked together.
It was too much fun. Connecting with students can be a challenge, especially when you are new, but you just have to listen to their stories and find a connection point.