Experiment, test, refine
My first lecturing job was a part-time, fixed-term contract. Having completed the first term of teaching, I felt it was going OK but thought I could do better – and I was desperate to secure a permanent role.
So, the next term I decided to experiment. What if I played upbeat music before the lecture as the students were arriving? Immediate positive response.
What if I played quieter, more thoughtful music? Turns out that Nick Cave is a terrible introduction to a Monday lecture, so I never did that again.