Sunday, May 17, 2015

School's Out for Summer!

Ahh, teaching college means I AM DONE!  Well, until summer semester is happening but I'm only teaching 4 credit hours so it won't be so bad!

I'm linking up with The Language Arts Classroom and Faulkner's Fast Five for this fun Sailing into Summer blog hop!

Here are 5 things to think about as you wrap up your year.

1)      Keep finals simple.  I make my final papers due several days before the end of the semester and have a very short (easy to grade) final in class.  This keeps them accountable, but also makes it so I can have my final grades in on time! I use this activity for my students:

2)      The end of the year is a great time to reflect upon your teaching strategies.  Several things worked well in my classes this year.  One thing I really want to keep is the memoir unit with my first semester writing class.  I loved learning about my students, and I allowed them to write their memoirs in any mode they wanted to which resulted in some very creative results!  I use my classroom questionnaires to help get feedback quickly and easily.

3)      Despite the good things I always want to change things up.  Next year I'd like to try a problem based learning experience in at least one of my classes.  I'd also like to fine tune my portfolio system and my feedback system.

4)      Teacher and student gifts are very popular around this time of year.  One year I gave my closest colleagues beach bags with water bottles, powdered lemonade, a trashy romance novel, and a beach towel.  They cost about $10 each and it was great.  For students, when I had a small class I wrote them each a personalized letter discussing their strengths.  I loved doing it.

5)      What do I do to stay organized? Binder clips and file folder rubber bands.  This helps prevent the inevitable pile of papers spilling all over the floor.  I still need to perfect my systems though.

Thanks for reading! How are you sailing into summer?  Don't forget to check out the rest of the participating blogs!


  1. I live for binder clips. The Best Invention EVER!

  2. I'm so jealous that you're already out of school! Why can't regular schools follow the college schedule? :)

  3. I have a drawer full of binder clips - I use them constantly! And just a side note, my son saw your logo button and wants me to tell you that you have really strong muscles :)

    1. Lol if only my real ones were as impressive.

  4. That beach bag gift would be awesome to receive...makes me want to go to the beach! Thanks for joining us!
    - Julie