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Conducting Effective Closing Class Meetings

  • Prepare an agenda of items you should address prior to giving the final examination or distributing student evaluation forms.

  • Create a professional visual image to students entering the classroom--clean boards, appropriately arranged desks, and lack of clutter.

  • Manage the predictable tension of exam-taking by greeting students by name as they enter the classroom--in a relaxed, reassuring manner, being careful not to discount the importance of the exam.

  • If a student evaluation is to be completed, clearly outline the procedures and leave the classroom with your briefcase of examinations.

  • Thank students for their effort in the class and reassure them that the energy they invested in the course will pay off in some specifically mentioned way.

  • Using your agenda as a guide, review key items such as the status of projects or papers which students may be submitted, and when and how examination scores will be available.

  • Encourage progress toward students' educational goals by identifying the next logical course(s) within the curriculum which each should take, including specific information such as course number, dates, time, and instructor.

  • If known, identify the next course you expect to be teaching for the institution and encourage students to enroll.

  • Immediately before distributing the final exam, ask if there are any last minute questions specific to the exam.

  • While preparing to distribute the final examination, specify the procedures for submitting it and answer sheets if used, along with directions for students' picking up graded assignments you have ready for distribution.

  • Avoid saying much more--students are inherently anxious about the final exam and want to "get on with it."

  • As students leave following the exam, quietly say a warm "good bye" to each at the door, sharing some bit of personalized, positive feedback (perhaps about a well-done assignment) and wish them well as they pursue their goals.

Source:  Lyons, Kysilka, Pawlas, The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success, Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, MA, 1999.

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