I've never been good at ending classes. I work so hard to form a community in the classroom, to have students work together on meaningful projects, to create an atmosphere that fosters change far beyond the classroom walls for the participants. And then the calendar just scatters everyone.
Every semester I search for some suitable conclusion. The typical final exam, with students writing in blue books silently then leaving one by one, clearly doesn't cut it. We have potluck meals, I invite students to say a few words. But it's not ceremonial enough. I still just feel like we have drifted apart. The momentousness of our time together fades away without a proper acknowledgement out loud. I know some students understand it, and a few tell me privately, but it's not just their individual experience I want to honor. It's our collective effort.
Do you have any examples of classes you've experienced or taught, or even of retreats or seminars, that ended well -- with a sense of closure and reflection, sending you away with a feeling of what you were a part of? I'd love to hear about them.