The first summer session is over at the community college. I love teaching at this time of year. The classes meet four days a week for four hours. The student body becomes even more diverse because students home from their respective colleges come here to take electives, and also the hard working nursing students fill in the gaps in their curriculum.
The final exam is a list of problems designed to test the range of skills, knowledge and ability that the students have amassed in the five-week period. It helps me if they have prior experience, or even "talent".
What I enjoy seeing is the range of "answers" to each problem. Each student pursues their own interpretation.
I have been working on team building within the classroom but I have to say that the summer sessions by dint of the time frame, naturally results in a copacetic cohort. Everyone cheers each other on and helps each other out.
The biggest thrill is when the student with the least experience reveals their final works and everyone congratulates them for their progress and development.