Wednesday, April 20, 2016

End of Semester Blues

I can feel it...  Those end of semester blues....

My students have it, and I have it....

This has been an "interesting" semester. I thought I had a good Intro to Sociology course. Students seemed engaged (the 25% that usually are) and they even asked questions every once in a while. No doubt, I had a more-than-normal amount of stagglers and hanger-ons in this class. I am honestly disappointed when I experience students who I know are "paying" for the course but never participate or show up. They are wasting both time and money, and I don't think they know what they're in for once (if) they graduate.

My upper-level courses were equally interesting. I have learned that at a "traditional" school if you don't have an attendance policy students will not show up for class unless they have to. For upper-level work, I've never been one to administer weekly quizzes, midterms or finals. I'd rather they spend time in weekly discussions and working on research projects. I like to think this prepares them for graduate school.  But it seems that next semester I'll have to include both a midterm and final exam in the upper level courses to check and see what the students are actually learning in the class. I hate doing that, but it is what it is.

One more week! Just hang in there--you got one more week!

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