Reflection: Thrilling Three! - Section 3: Closing


This is exhausting, academically strenuous work so early in the school year.  It is tempting to give in to the need to hurry along to the next activity, but taking a moment for a quick summary is a terrific habit to develop, if you haven't already.

I'm picky about it, too.  Now any summary is probably better than NO summary, but I have to stress, I let the students do as much of our lesson closing as possible.  I may guide the closing with my questions, but the students are articulating the main ideas of the lesson.

It's also fun to ask what the students liked best in the lessons.  It helps them to feel like their thoughts and feelings matter, but it can be valuable information as you plan next week's lessons!  We all know, it doesn't matter how great we think our lessons are; if the kids aren't interested or engaged, our planning and preparation doesn't matter. 

My Tuesdays especially, are formatted in a similar manner.  The input from the students--usually provided during our closing discussions--helps guide my planning for the following week.  Tuesdays are intense--I need the student input from each week as I plan to make the following Tuesday even better!

  Asking the summary questions at the end of the lesson
  Asking the summary questions at the end of the lesson
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Thrilling Three!

Unit 7: Introducing... the Numbers!
Lesson 3 of 18

Objective: SWBAT identify, write, count, and represent the number 3.

Big Idea: Early in kindergarten, learning numbers can be overwhelming, particularly for students who have had a limited early academic background. These many and varied activities provide a lot of hands-on practice for beginning learners.

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