33 Ways to Reflect or Close a Lesson

33 Ways to Reflect, or Close a Lesson

  1. Futureme.org
    1. Students can e-mail themselves a letter in the future
  2. Exit Ticket
    1. Google Forms can be a great tool to simply get a quick exit ticket
  3. Fishbowl
    1. Student writes one question they have about the topic of this lesson. This can be something for which they know the answer or for which they want an answer. Form an inner and outer circle. Share question with the person in front of you, see if they know the answer, switch who is asking question; if time rotate to a new partner
  4. 3-2-1
    1. 3 things they learned, 2 things they have a question about, 1 thing they want the instructor to know.
  5. 3 W’s
    1. Answer 3 questions:  Why?  Why does it matter?  What now- how does this tie into our current learning?
  6. Letters (snail-mail)
    1. Students can send a celebrity/ politician/ public figure a letter over the topic
  7. Beat the Clock
    1. Give students ten seconds to confer with peers before you call on a random student to answer. Continue through several questions.  Points can be awarded for right answers.
  8. Quiz
    1. A short quiz that covers the most important material
  9. Gallery Walk
    1. After graphics are created and posted around the room, students can go around the class and take notes about what they are learning from them, and potentially how they can add to each graphic to increase their learning.
  10. Emailfuture.com
    1. Students can e-mail themselves a letter in the future
  11. Thumbs up/ thumbs down
    1. Pose some questions that can be answered thumbs up/down/ sideways, ask for explanation of the decisions.
  12. Postcards
    1. Students are given an index card and they write a postcard to their parents explaining the day’s lesson.
  13. Pros and Cons
    1. Students list pros and cons of the issue discussed in class
  14. Sell it to us
    1. Write a jingle that explains the main idea of the lesson.
  15. Summary
    1. Students write a summary of the lesson
  16. Timeline
    1. Students organize the lesson and information in a timeline to visually summarize all events in order.
  17. Simile
    1. Have students complete the following sentence: “The [concept, skill, word] is like _______ because _______.”
  18. Parking Lot Chart
    1. As students raise questions and share ideas during the lesson, write them on the parking lot chart.  Revisit these questions at the end of the lesson, allowing students to answer questions and respond to others’ ideas.
  19. Examples
    1. Students have to provide real life examples of the material learned that day
  20. Footprints
    1. Students are given a footprint on which they will write what new knowledge or understanding they are “walking away” from the lesson with.
  21. STOP Summary
    1. Students summarize the lesson by completing the following sentences:  We Started the lesson…., the Topic was……, Our Opportunities for practice were…., the Purpose of the lesson was…
  22. Mental Mapping
    1. Using a graphic organizer to organize lessons and thoughts
  23. Survey
    1. Students can take a survey before they leave class and discuss the results
  24. K-W-L Chart
    1. Students write down what they Know, Want to Know, and what they have Learned
  25. Parent hotline
    1. Give students an interesting question about the lesson without further discussion. Email their guardians the answer so that the topic can be discussed over dinner.
  26. Journal Article
    1. Students write an article about the unit or lesson recording the most important facts as well as drawing a “featured image” to go with the content.
  27. Pass it
    1. After 10 minutes of lecture or lesson, give a few minutes for students to write down a fact that they have learned.  This gives students a minute to process the information, then they pass it along.  After the next few minutes of lesson, they write down another fact they have learned on the card that they were given.
  28. Invent the Quiz
    1. Students create questions for the quiz.
  29. Opinion Chart
    1. Chart your opinion on the current topic
  30. Rate your understanding
    1. Students use their hands to indicate understanding.  5 fingers mean concept masters while thumb only means help is needed to grasp concept from beginning.
  31. Define
    1. Define the main terms used in the lesson both verbally and through images
  32. Outline
    1. Outline the main topics and facts learned in unit or lesson
  33. Snowstorm
    1. Students write down what they learned on a piece of scratch paper and wad it up. Given a signal, they throw their paper snowballs in the air. Then each learner picks up a nearby response and reads it aloud.


The supporting premises appears in Assessment for Learning in Creating a New Vision for Public Education recognizing the importance of reflection and closing of a lesson.   

III.c Assessment should be used primarily for obtaining student feedback and informing the student and the teacher about the level of student conceptual understanding or skill development so that the teacher has accurate information to consider for designing additional or different learning experiences.


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