Stop assigning real work (especially an entirely new text!) on the last day of class. Really. Stop doing that.
If you must assign real work in one class, then for the love of God don't do it in multiple classes.
Student research presentations are actually, legitimately awesome.
You'll be embarrassed to be so surprised at how confident, funny, and sincere your students can be when they're running the show--and how generously they engage with each other's work.
Don't sit with your head so close to the wall during student presentations. When one of them starts doing a funny bit and cracks everyone up, you will throw your head back and bang it into the wall. The extremely hard classroom wall.
Giving yourself a mild concussion is no way to end the semester.
Friday, December 07, 2012
Things to remember for next time
(Notes to myself)