What are your favorite end of semester / quarter rituals?

Ward Mural Team mod

👋 Educator Friends!

We are fast approaching the end of the semester & quarter -- and in preparation for this week's Teachers' Lounge (Tuesday 5/4 at 11am PT / 2pm ET - registration below)...we are wanting to know: What is(are) your favorite end of semester / quarter ritual(s)?

Please share in the comments below!

@GlennFajardo @Christina @Jack_Crumbly @Jeff_Eyet


  • Jeff_Eyet
    Jeff_Eyet Mural Team mod

    Taking a nap! 😴

  • Christina
    Christina ✭✭✭✭

    Hi @Ward - I have been so busy designing murals for class content I had not thought about that, but you are right! Glad you brought it up. Ending on a high note is important, so this is what I just created for the last day:

    https://app.mural.co/t/universityofeurope4294/m/universityofeurope4294/1620930842094/30007351ff54b77a5752c4567521c41d9cefb1d3?sender=u2c88bef0badf9627d4357761 . Enjoy!

  • ewapg
    edited May 2021

    Great idea @Christina ! It will enable students to develop many competences.

  • Christina
    Christina ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2021

    Thank you @ewapg! The idea is to review some of the key concepts from the course while encouraging them to have some fun, and end up with a souvenir of the class, and their work with Mural, that we will all have positive associations with - and perhaps something so attractive more than one participant will print it out and post it on their walls. I am really eager to see what the final co-creation looks like at the end of June!

  • Christina
    Christina ✭✭✭✭

    @Ward @ewapg I just finished 2 such absolutely amazing classes that I have to tell my story here, in the hopes that other teachers can share in my good fortune!

    Today was unnerving because while I have used Mural all semester, this morning I had my first hybrid class since last December, and I had no idea how it would go. Using Mural when everyone is remote? Got it. Mixed? No idea. I decided to go for the What's Next game mural mentioned above, and the results just knocked my socks off. I modified it to include a lesson in immersive design.

    First, I told students to decide on one image of a place they want to go next and put that image on the map. I gave them 5 minutes to find the perfect pic and post it in the right spot.

    Secondly, I told them they now had to create a new mural, in pairs, for a campaign to persuade as many in their target group (thinking of the personas and empathy map work we did earlier) as possible. This means they had to be strategic: rather than default to working with the same buddy they always choose, the goal was to win some chocolate, so they had to ask themselves whose idea fit in best with theirs so they could create a viable "package deal." This brought people together that had never worked together, for example one who had chosen Miami with another who had chosen The Blue Hole in Belize, and one who had chosen Fujimoto in Japan with one who had chosen Hawaii.

    Thirdly, they learned how to link their campaign mural with both of their images on the What's Next mural, so that they could "immerse" potential customers in the world they had created on theirs (the only instructions from me were to leave NO blank space) with a double-click on their pictures.

    They took turns presenting what turned out to be some mouthwatering murals after 20 minutes of design time, and then they voted by clicking on the 4 best choices, so that everyone could vote for their own if they wanted to, but also others.

    They had so much fun, and their learning curve was steeper and faster than I have ever seen. They were fully engaged and full of questions, because each group really wanted to win. They didn't even seem to notice who was in class and who was remote.

    Lastly, they left in a wonderful mood, full of dreams of future travel to marvellous places. Highly recommended activity for every teacher finishing up their semester, and anyone else who wants to end their sessions with a bang.

    Viel Spaß!