Planning the last day of class

The last day of class is a key opportunity to invite students to reflect on their work over the quarter; think about what strategies, skills, and lessons they'll take away and apply to future communication moments; and celebrate their accomplishments.

In planning your last day of class, you might consider incorporating the following into your lesson plan:

  • Class activities that asks students to reflect and synthesize their experiences.  You can find some ideas here.
  • Time for them to fill out their final course evaluations.  It's strongly recommended that you give students 10-15 minutes of class time to complete their evaluations. See some ideas about how to frame those final course evaluations for students here.
  • A conversation about where they might take their research next. You might tell them about opportunities through UAR to apply for funding for their research, or direct them to our "Next Steps for Your PWR Project" page through the PWR website that provides them with a robust list of publishing venues for their essays.
  • An overview of further opportunities for additional work on writing, rhetoric, and oral communication in PWR, such as our great advanced elective classes (even first-year students can enroll with the permission of the instructor) and our Notation in Science Communication (our next official application cycle happens in spring, but we do admit students on a rolling basis if they apply through the "Apply" link on the right menu).
  • A discussion of other courses at Stanford that touch on the same theme as your class.  You can look at Explorecourses for ideas, or ask the students themselves for recommendations for courses they've heard about or are planning to take.
  • Food! You have $25 you can spend per section for refreshments for the last day of class.  Write the PWR business team (Michelle and Cristina) for more information and see our Class Activities Funding page.