Sunday, July 7, 2019
The calendar turned to July. The heat index is climbing over 100 in Oklahoma, which also means it is time to plan the fall semester.
The difficult part of July is everything happens at the same time. The bar exam is still 3 weeks away, but I can’t wait until after the bar to plan for the fall. The semester will start only a couple weeks later, and in an attempt to follow my own advice, I take time off right after the exam. The timing means fall planning must happen now.
I am sure many in ASP have a similar timeframe. When thinking about the fall, I wanted to pass along a few tips:
- Look back at the AASE materials. AASE presenters provide numerous ideas. Implementing the great ideas is the more difficult part, but one way to increase the chance of implementing them is to re-read those ideas now.
- Review feedback from last year. If students provide constructive feedback, then look through the feedback prior to creating syllabi or programming. Small changes each year can make a big difference. However, ignore any non-constructive criticism.
- Analyze notes and materials from last year. I suggest writing down what works and doesn’t work throughout the year. Look at those notes to see what changes are needed.
- Decide on a few new things to integrate. Don’t try to remake the entire ASP program in one semester/year.
The summer is winding down, fortunately or unfortunately depending on who you talk to. Many professors are planning for the fall. Spending the few extra minutes looking at great ideas, feedback, and notes can gradually improve programming.