I completely agree with Professor Robert Talbert (Franklin College) about the importance of the first day of class:
"Students form their conceptions of the class — and keep that conception through the whole semester — in these first few moments of the course. I want to give students the impression that the class is something they need to take seriously, and there’s a workload that has to be managed carefully..."
You can read more of Dr. Talbert's suggestions for creating a good first impression in the classroom.
Here are my ten tips for the first day of class.