You know that feeling you get when the doctor administers the laughing gas…the blissful giddiness? That is the feeling that consumed me as I hit the final “Submit” button on my last final of the semester. In my semester away from Cornell I had forgotten that sense of giddiness from the completion of another semester-successful or otherwise!
After an entire semester of classes on education, I had a wonderful time with finals, for the most part. One of the main lessons I learned throughout the semester was the numerous methods of assessing student work without handing students a cumulative, rote memorization exam. This type of exam is generally a favorite among college professors. However I was pleased to see that most of my education professors reinforced what they had taught and assessed us using a variety of methods. For one class, I had to design a ten minute presentation that explained to the Board of Education what changes should be implemented at a local agricultural education program. This is a situation that I appreciated because it was a real-life scenario that I may find myself in someday. Another great assessment method was when a professor asked us to create a lesson plan and teach the lesson to our entire class! While the work was just as stressful and these assessments still counted for the same percentage of my grade, I think these finals were far more beneficial than any exam I have ever completed! I have retained more information from these projects and will be able to implement the tools I gained in my career…and after all, isn’t that what college is all about?
So with finals finished, knowledge, gained, and holidays approaching I can finally let out a good cheer:
WOOHOO!!!! I’M DONE!
See you in a few days!