Showing our appreciation of our students
The end of the semester is a good time for showing appreciation. As teachers, we can also show our appreciation to our students through academic channels. Here are a few suggestions to help you individualize what you want to do. Research shows that students who feel a personal connection with their faculty are more engaged with their studies, more likely to feel positive about the course and even more likely to stay in school to graduate.
- On the last day of instruction you can thank the students for any of the following things:
- taking the journey about the topic of your class with you
- being understanding and offering feedback as you implemented innovations
- sharing their own stories or perspectives with you
- learning with you/ teaching you
- have the privilege of getting to know them
- You can write emails to selected students who really added to the class through their participation, willingness to help others, or overall good spirit and enthusiasm.
- You can write emails to students who struggled, but really worked hard. You can tell them you appreciate how hard they worked.