So far, this term seems to be off to a good start. I realize that one thing I am doing much better this term than last is really important. If I write it down, maybe I will always remember.
The attitude I present in the classroom is crucial to having a good first few weeks. In particular, this means projecting an overwhelmingly patient, cheery, positive, and helpful face, with as much energy as I can muster at any given moment.
This is especially important for my largish Math in Decision Making courses (55 students each). But it is also helping set a better tone for my linear algebra class.
Last term things were not so easy for me personally. It bled into my work. I did not consistently get across a positive attitude about students, their learning, and my involvement. This term, things are going better. I just have to keep it up for 13 more weeks.