End of the Semester: Make a List


Here on my campus, we have only 3 weeks of regular class meetings left. I don’t know about you, but the end seems to come more quickly every semester! The more experienced I get the less chaotic these few weeks feel to me, but I still have to work at it to stay organized and to look ahead to what lies beyond the semester’s end.

Back in December of 2009, Ethan wrote up some advice explaining his own end-of-semester checklist. Here’s the overview:

  • Backup my course websites

  • Update my CV

  • Write an “End of the Semester Roundup” post on my blog

  • Shred exams/papers from X number of semesters Ago

  • Backup my class materials

  • Unplug powered items in my office

I would also recommend that you visit Natalie’s “Wrapping Up the Semester” and Maha’s “5 Ways to Make End-of-Semester Grading More Enjoyable.”

To this advice from my fellow ProfHackers I’m going to add this: Each semester I try to remember to take notes about what’s working and what isn’t in my courses, about which presentations or explanations need improvement or updating, which course documents need correction or re-design, which assignments need to be revised (or eliminated). Unfortunately, I am often too busy to organize these notes into anything useful. So this time around I’ve added a reminder in my calendar on the last day of the term to prod me to do the work of re-visiting what I thought were great suggestions to myself as these last several weeks have gone by. We shall see how that goes. #fingerscrossed

How about you? What end-of-semester advice do you have to share? Please let us know in the comments.

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