Closing Bell: ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf

 
 
 
DailyAssessment.pdf
Student Data
 
 
It is good pedagogy to have a closing for lessons especially in a blended classroom. There are several activities and groupings that I want to not only review what each group did, but also a preview for the next group so they will know what to expect. This is also a time to conduct exit tickets or other formative assessments to check for understanding.
  • ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf
  • ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf
  • ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf
  • ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf
  • ClosingBellDailyAssessment.pdf
Student Data
 
 
It is good pedagogy to have a closing for lessons especially in a blended classroom. There are several activities and groupings that I want to not only review what each group did, but also a preview for the next group so they will know what to expect. This is also a time to conduct exit tickets or other formative assessments to check for understanding.
 
Instructional Closings

Closing Bell

I use the Closing Bell strategy to bring my students back together as a community at the end of each class to check for understanding, debrief the class, give "grows and glows," and/or preview what we will be doing the following day. Building in this type of closing at the end of class is especially important in a blended classroom when students are spending so much time working independently or in groups. 

Strategy Resources (1)
Teacher In Action
 
 
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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