first day gambit

I’m sure we all have a portfolio of first-day shtick to ease the transition for students and help us learn names. But this is tougher in a virtual environment. Standing on the shoulders of i fabbri migliori like our own Paul McPherron and Julie Van Peteghem from Romance Languages, I’m using the free Padlet to invite students to tell a bit about themselves.

Here’s an example: I want to know students’ preferred pronouns, of course, but this prompt will get them to add some more about themselves, I hope, and in a very Englishy way.

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