End of Class Routines
Do you have specific routines?
A few weeks ago I wrote about routines to begin class; today I’ll touch on routines to end class in middle school.
I have to admit, my end-of-class routines often didn’t go as smoothly as my beginning-of-class routines:-)
Best laid plans, you know….
When it went well, my routine at the end of class would include:
I did accomplish this nearly every day:-) Writing the homework was critical. Our team teachers made a point of doing a quick check at the end of class every day, to be sure students were writing their homework down (for some students, this was an accommodation we had to meet – checking the homework book. So, why not quickly scan/check all students’ books?)
2) Asking an ‘exit’ question.
I had a “ticket out the door’ poster in the classroom that I numbered 1-30. Each student had a class number, so they’d answer the question on a post-it and then put the post-it on their number on the way out of class. I loved this method because:
- It seriously cut down on copying!!
- Students could finish at their own pace and leave class when they were ready. (I didn’t have to collect anything:-)
- I could grab the answers off the chart in order as the next class filed in and even start checking them as the new class started the beginning-of-class routine.
But, the students learned and understood the routine so that when it went as planned, they’d know exactly what to do.
Other Routine Ideas for Ending Class
Have students jot a quick reflection on a post-it. This reflection can be a variety of question types or statements, like:
- How do you feel about today’s lesson?
- Explain something you learned in today’s lesson.
- What questions do you have?
- How can I help you tomorrow?
- Tomorrow I’d like to know…
- Have students explain a concept to a classmate and have the classmate explain it back or explain a 2nd concept.
3) Vocabulary or Fast Facts
- Depends on which applies to the day and subject.
- Ask students the definitions of math vocabulary from the lesson or ask them to answer multiplication/division (or addition/subtraction) problems. After they answer 5 as a class, they can head out the door.
What are your favorite routines for the end of class? Feel free to share in the comments!