Thinking about ways to say goodbye.

Empty classroom with wooden desks and a green chalkboard.
Empty classroom with wooden desks and a green chalkboard.
Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash

After a semester together, the last day of class is often bittersweet. A chance for one last connection, to reflect on what we’ve all learned from each other, and a time to say goodbye. It’s also a time of humility — to see that we are each just a tiny piece of a student’s life long educational journey — to look at each student and worry that maybe we could have done more for them.

The end of this semester is not at all what I imagined it would be in January when I first met my students. The in-class…


Help your students find meaning during these chaotic times.

An empty classroom with wooden desks and colorful flowers on the teacher’s desk.
An empty classroom with wooden desks and colorful flowers on the teacher’s desk.
Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton on Unsplash

1) Finding Meaning in Empty Classrooms

As we scramble to adjust to the chaotic world of online learning during a pandemic, I’ve spent a lot of time reaching out to my students to find out what they need. Can I help them with technology? Do they need more time on assignments? Do they want to Zoom for office hours so I can walk them through material that they don’t understand?

But what I’ve learned is that while many of those things are important, what our students really want is to feel like they’re part of a community again, that they’re not alone; and that somehow in…

Shannon Orr

Shannon Orr is Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University.

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