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All the nervous jitters of the first day and weeks of class are gone. Papers are turned in. Exams completed. Everyone’s tired yet restless. Vacation looms, as do final grades. It may be tempting to let the year end with a whimper rather than a bang, but there’s still potential in the last class meeting. Finishing strong, in addition to being a good model, is a way to make your class more meaningful to students, and an opportunity to recognize students for their course-long efforts.
The last class should, by all means, adhere to teaching pedagogy. The Chronicle of Higher Education has a smart little list with targets for a meaningful last class:
So if you’re up for it, the above is scaffolding for a last class lesson plan. But to make things even easier, here are some ideas for what to do on the last day of class—all of which meet the above student learning outcomes and even create the space to have a little fun!
However you celebrate and acknowledge the last day of class, we hope you have a wonderful time.
*virtual pat on the back to all teachers and students!*
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