Ending Strong: Considerations for Your Last Day of Class

Credit: iStock.com/Dorota Szymczyk
Credit: iStock.com/Dorota Szymczyk
Does your class end with a bang or a whimper? Many of us spend a lot of time crafting the perfect first day of class to ensure we set the right tone and build community. We then pay close attention to how we structure and script each class session, whether for the 20–30 times we have our face-to-face classes or for weekly modules in our online courses. As the end of the term or semester draws near, we are tired. During fall term, teaching the last few weeks of class seems especially exhausting. We may have been teased by a Thanksgiving break only to turn around and get back in the saddle to finish the class. Too often, our endings are rushed. We end when the content is covered. Whimper.

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