Enthusiasm Statements

Teaching and learning depend on building and sustaining student interest and strong course openings get it all started. The key is making sure the first thing you say in class is exciting. Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. calls this an “enthusiasm statement,” and she’ll show you how to generate your own by describing how you first got drawn into the course’s subject matter, introducing students to the hottest controversies in your field, helping students explore cutting edge ideas of leading scholars, and telling students about the most important things they will learn in your class.

To watch this 20 Minute Mentor Video or to access the transcript or supplemental materials, go to How Can I Capture Students’ Interest in the First 5 Minutes?