Leaving the best impression should be every instructor’s first impression. However, sometimes early mornings leave them a little foggy, shaky, and on the edge after staying up from the wee hours of the morning trying to prepare for classes. You could just walk that impression right out of the door.
But we’re here to help you do better by cutting down on class prep time. You're probably asking "How is that"? We don’t have all of the answers, but we have one that can certainly help: save time preparing for classes with class management software. And not just any software--software that automatically creates a class roster for you so that you can easily track attendance. Allow me to show you a small demonstration through a scenario for a web design class:
It’s the Thursday before the first day of classes and your class scheduler is all set and ready to go. You check your email first to see if any new students have signed up for your class, and see that there are 5 new students.
Next, you check your class roster in our BackOffice system to see the list of student names and their information.
You plan to use some of the information that they’ve provided to create your ice-breaker activity for Monday to help everyone get to know one another better.
You realize that you’re all set until Monday and have plenty of time to prepare for the team meetings you’ve planned for next week. Those will require you to garner some fresh design ideas as far as user experience, color, and typography, and you’ll also have some extra time to put together a checklist that students can use to help each other determine the level of accessibility their initial designs have.
With the ability to have confirmation emails (and text messages) automatically sent to your students (they might thank you for those texts), you’ll have plenty of time on Friday to sit down and plan out your first day.
You can also remind students of the materials that they’ll need and set up holidays for the academic school-year.
With these easy functions, you’ll have more time on Saturday to go over your materials and prepare yourself for the first class. Let’s fast forward to Monday.
It’s 5:00a.m. - You hit the floor, get yourself together and by 6:00 a.m. you’re ready to review the day’s schedule.
Once you’re in class, you call roll by going down the attendance roster that’s been automatically created.
And you're all set to start your day off on a better note.
Give students your first and best impression by using a class scheduling system that allows you take customization to a higher level by customizing email templates, viewing the number of students registered for your class from your calendar, setting up school holidays, downloading and printing an updated copy of the roster, and--as another bonus--there's one more feature that will give you greater control over class scheduling and be helpful for your students that you read about in our post on how to reduce student debt through online class scheduling.
If you're ready to make your first impression your best by having more time to dedicate to lesson planning and delivering your best lecture to students, then head on over to our website to sign up and try out our class management software for free.
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