Before the bell rings

“If you want a happy ending it depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

How do you end your class?
Sounds like a simple question….but difficult to answer because those last minutes matter!

the-end-on-dice Many of us (teachers) carefully craft the beginning of a lesson and the start of each class session. However, often these same classes and lessons end on a disappointing note. Having been students, we know that there is a sense of restlessness to leave the class during the waning minutes. Typically, at the end of class, students can be seen shuffling papers, collecting their materials and chatting with fellow students while the teacher rushes to summarize the day’s work. Yet, these last few moments during the class period can be the most productive to tie the whole lesson together.

CLOSURE! – What the teacher does to facilitate wrap-up at the end of the lesson – Normally it is a quick review, to remind students what it was that they learned (or should learn) and allows the teacher to see where the students are to assist in planning for the next lesson.

Closure helps teachers in

  • Reviewing the key points of the lesson.
  • Giving students opportunities to draw conclusions from the lesson.
  • Describing when students can use this new information.
  • Previewing future lessons.
  • Creating a smooth transition from one lesson to the next.

Closure allows students to

  • Summarize main ideas of the lesson.
  • Answer questions posed at the beginning of the lesson.
  • Link both the past and the future.
  • Understand the relevance and importance of the lesson.

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