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date: 19 October 2020

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This chapter presents commentary and analysis of strategies for conducting the first and last days of a psychology course. As past research indicates, success in beginning and ending a course require careful consideration of one’s teaching style, goals for the course, and the particular details of the course itself, such as its level in the curriculum. Research among students and instructors indicates that clear communication of course goals and instructor expectations should be a top priority. The dearth of literature on last days of a course make it more difficult to draw firm conclusions on how to end a course, but it is clear that intentionality and closure are important factors.

Keywords: first day, last day, classroom management, course planning, teaching strategies

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