By Judith Dutill, Instructional Design Technologist
Joshua Eyler, Director of Rice University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, recently shared his blog post, The Final Class of Semester, emphasizing the importance of meaningfully punctuating the time we have spent with our students.
This made me think about my own classroom tradition of ending the term by asking students to write and share haiku style poems that encapsulate their biggest takeaways; I typically use this activity in introductory-level courses. Many students bring humor to the table and it is a great reminder, before we part ways, that we enjoyed the time we spent learning together.
My favorite haiku from ENG 110:
Public speaking is
Not as scary as it seems
If you breathe and smile
Memorable to me not just for its optimism, but also the affectionate debate over the number of syllables in the word smile that ensued.
Share your favorite end of term traditions in the comments section!
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