FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP ENERGY HIGH UNTIL THE LAST CLASS
This is a point in the semester when engagement can be at an all-time low, and not just for students. Below are some great suggestions on how to keep energy high up until the last session. Now is the perfect time to plan for next semester and consider one of the following tips from our recent CATL-sponsored Faculty Panel.
1. SET STUDENT PRESENTATIONS FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF CLASSES:
This is a great way to keep all students engaged until the end of the semester. Group activities or authentic performance assessments (mock-trials, debates, etc.) are also a great way of keeping energy high right until the end. By designing these to require students to relate the work to the course content, it’s also a great way of including a sneaky review at the end of the course. An additional suggestion is to include some element of audience interaction/assessment in order to keep the whole class engaged, regardless of who is presenting in a given class period.
2. REVISIT THE SAME TOPIC COVERED IN THE FIRST CLASS SESSION:
This is a great method of ensuring that your “essential questions” has been well considered during the semester. By looking at the central themes of the course again, both students and instructor can see the growth in the class over the last 14 weeks.
3. HOW IS YOUR COURSE RELEVANT?
Have students consider how your course is relevant either in the context of other classes, future careers or the “real” world. This can help you identify those concepts that resonated most strongly with the class and will allow student to reflect on their experience. A particular adaptation of this is to find a current event and have student groups discuss this in relation to the course themes. This is another great method of sneaky review!
4. WHAT ARE THE FIVE THINGS THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER FROM THIS COURSE?
A common theme in these tips is the reflection that we can prompt in students. By asking them to, either individually or in groups, identify the five things that they will remember in five to ten years, we encourage active reflection on the content presented and the changes that have occurred. It can also be a great feedback session for you.
5. REQUEST SPECIFIC FEEDBACK:
During the semester you may have had a concept, assignment, or project that may not have gone as you hoped. Use the last class to ask for feedback on those areas. By having students rework the assignment instructions, rubrics or Power Points you can get invaluable insight into the trouble area
Did you enjoy these tips? If so, keep an eye out for the soon to be relaunched “Teaching and Learning @ UWGB” blog which will include similar contributions from the wonderful UWGB faculty and staff.