Kicking Off a Class: Effective Introductions

Kicking off a class is like the start of a game - the tip-off in basketball, kick-off in football or opening move in chess - it doesn't determine the outcome, but a good start sure helps and it can set the tone of the event.

Here is my kick-off ritual:

Since I've been doing this so long, this really has become a ritual, but even so, I always sketch out a summary of this process on a piece of scratch paper so I don't forget anything. That helps me focus for the start of the class, and also helps calm the butterflies that inevitably start fluttering in my stomach, even after all of these years.

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