So we’re in Week 11. This is always an interesting time in the semester given that midterm grades are in, the weather’s getting colder, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and the end of the semester is near. I figured we’d keep things very practical this week. I’ve got 2 questions. Let’s see if we get a few more responses this week than last (though reinvention is a hot topic and as such the TTQ from last week was ultimately ignored). Anyway, here goes.
1. What do you do in this final quarter of the semester to keep yourself motivated? If the semester is a marathon, how do you break through the potential wall of the end of the semester without rushing to the finish line?
2. What do you do to keep students interested at this point in the semester? This may not be disjoint from what you’ve been doing already. The question is really asking if you do anything special or attempt to pull out all the stops. Perhaps this depends upon the arc of your course, but nonetheless, it would be interesting to hear how faculty “handle” these potentially challenging weeks.
How do you respond to the oh-so-typical question, “what are my chances of passing your course?”
P.S. The last day for student initiated withdrawal is 2 weeks from yesterday (Nov. 15).