by Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
(Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition)
I find the first day of class as exciting as a professor as I did as a student. I have the students’ attention (most, anyway) and they are open-minded and ready to learn a new subject. It does not take long, however, for the excitement to wane, the laptops to proliferate, and the empty stares to return. In order to keep the “first day of class” excitement throughout the semester, I try to incorporate various types of exercises and group activities in class.