ERIC Number: ED448446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
End on a High Note: Better Endings for Classes and Courses.
Maier, Mark H.; Panitz, Theodore
Noting that literature on higher education instruction is sparse on the topic of class and course endings, this paper provides advice on how to successfully end individual classes and semester-long courses in ways that maximize learning and minimize discomfort. Based on this literature and a discussion the authors initiated through online computer mailing lists and in "The Teaching Professor," the paper assembles a large number of ideas for ending classes and courses. Considered first are the solutions to the poor social dynamics between instructors and students that usually occur at the end of class. The paper suggests student-centered activities for the end of class such as one-minute papers, think-pair-share, KWL, and metacognition. Second, the paper looks at ways to improve student-student interaction at the end of class, an issue studied most by those who use cooperative learning but one that is also relevant in traditional lecture-oriented classrooms. The paper also considers problems at the end of a course for which there are creative solutions that also have not been well-publicized, such as having the students write a letter at least three months after the course or telling the instructor "one thing they learned (in the course) which they have used." Contains 27 references. (RS)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Learning Strategies, Student Behavior, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Student Participation, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.capecod.net/~TPanitz/Tedspage.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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