End of Class Routines
What are your end of class routines in middle school?
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:
1) Writing homework on the board so students could add it to their assignment books.
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:
As I admitted at the beginning of the post, end-of-class didn't always work this way. I would often try to squeeze in one more example or complete one more practice problem with students and the exit ticket would get skipped.
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
I'm always looking for new ideas for quick end-of-class activities, since my classes are only 40 minutes and there's so much to do! Here are a few ideas that can be used to wrap up quickly.
Have students jot a quick reflection on a post-it. This reflection can be a variety of question types or statements, like:
3) Vocabulary or Fast Facts
What are your favorite routines for the end of class? Feel free to share in the comments!
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