Teaching on Friday late afternoon - strategies?

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oddlyodd:
I've been scheduled a Friday 4pm-6pm slot for next semester. It's a humanities class for the equivalent of somophores (I'm not in the US). Do the fora have any strategies for keeping a) attendance up and b) students' attention up?

I am planning to 'flip' the classroom by recording my lectures and giving them a quiz on the content at the beginning of the session. But how do I keep them on task during the rest of the session (without them thinking of their upcoming weekend socialising plans)? I don't think my usual activities of discussion of readings and examining primary sources will be enough.

novusmagister:
If there are other sections of the same course that students can choose I would probably just do what I usually do, hoping that the hard-partying students will not pick a friday afternoon class...

thrillcheese:
Have something due every Friday.

archman:
Quote from: thrillcheese on January 15, 2013, 10:04:56 AM

Have something due every Friday.

Ditto this. Add an in-class assignment as well. Students will find any and all conceivable reasons to excuse themselves from a Friday afternoon class. Flipping your classroom is an outstanding idea. Convert it into a high school class.  Make them do stuff the whole time.

If all you currently have for them to do is a quiz at the beginning of the class, it is a foregone conclusion that you will have heaps of students that...
1. Take the quiz and ditch you
2. Miss class and demand makeups

I strongly recommend progressing beyond class quizzes, or shifting the quiz at the *end* of class and have it encompass material taught during *that* class period.

Never teach a late Friday afternoon class again. It's Bad and Wrong.

polly_mer:
Quote from: archman on January 15, 2013,  5:07:01 PM

Quote from: thrillcheese on January 15, 2013, 10:04:56 AM

Have something due every Friday.

Ditto this. Add an in-class assignment as well. Students will find any and all conceivable reasons to excuse themselves from a Friday afternoon class. Flipping your classroom is an outstanding idea. Convert it into a high school class.  Make them do stuff the whole time.


You can also make Friday "Demo Day", "Film Clip Day", or something else that rewards people who show up.  Don't go all out on the dog-and-pony show at the expense of content, but surely every unit has some YEAH! that can be done.  Do that YEAH! moment on Friday so that students have something to which to look forward.  Don't always put the YEAH! moment in the same place and come down hard on anyone who leaves early.

My Friday attendance in freshman chemistry improved dramatically when Friday became Demo Day, especially when I spent all week saying, "And Friday, we'll start the next unit with a bang!   You don't want to miss Friday."

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