Homeroom is the first opportunity at Institute for classes to get together. The Class Advisor leads this session, providing students with an overview of what to expect throughout the week, answering questions, and collecting various sign-up forms. Below is a suggested outline for leading Homeroom.
A member of the Board of Regents may kick off each Homeroom session by welcoming students, introducing the Class Advisor, and explaining to the students what the Class Advisor’s role will be throughout the week. If no Regents are available, the Class Advisor will take this responsibility.
2. Set the Tone for the Week
Begin leading the session by congratulating students for making the investment to better themselves and their organizations through Institute. Stress that Institute is a time-proven method of professional growth and is most beneficial when participants meet their own responsibilities as students.
3. Begin Building Class Spirit
To facilitate class introductions and a team-building atmosphere, begin with an icebreaker (e.g., a class cheer). Also, ask students to prepare their tent cards, including their name and organization information.
4. Review the Schedule of Activities
Institute week is a busy five days. Participants complete 24 hours of classroom instruction and countless hours of bonus education, networking, and social events. It is important to plan accordingly. Review the day-by-day schedule of activities with the class. Here are some key items to cover:
Exact Times: Make students aware of the beginning and ending of classes each day, and differentiate between elective and required course format and length of time.
Individual Course Schedules: Everyone should be signed up for nine courses—six required courses and three elective courses—each occurring at different times.
Scheduled Programming: All participants should be encouraged to attend the optional programs and evening social activities.
Volunteer Assignments*: Ask participants to help with introducing instructors, making Class Dinner arrangements, organizing a class T-shirt (if desired), etc. *Please note that some assignments may be completed prior to arrival onsite.
5. Review Institute Policies
Please review all Institute policies. Be prepared to answer all questions if they should arise.
6. Collect Sign-Up Forms
Participants are provided with sign-up forms and are asked to complete and submit them once onsite. Please encourage students to take advantage of all the opportunities that Institute offers and collect sign-up forms for:
- Guest Activity Registration
- Industry Consultations
- Silent Auction Items and Forms
7. Contact Information
Class Roster: Ask participants to correct any mistakes in their contact information.
It is the responsibility of the Class Advisor to collect necessary forms and turn them into the staff office immediately following Homeroom.
Be sure to answer any additional questions.
Prepare the class to go as a group to the Institute Kickoff.
The Class Advisors Homeroom text is available here as a PDF for more efficient printing.