Reflection: Lesson Planning Responding to Events 2 - Section 8: Closure

 

Ok, I'm going to get honest here...real honest.  We've all been told over and over again that closure is one of the most important parts of the class.  But at the same time a myriad of real issues get in the way of having powerful closure.  How many times has your closure been interrupted by an office announcement?  How many times are students walking out the door as you shout the closing statement after them?  How many times did the learning activity take longer than you thought and the bell rang before you had a chance to close?

Despite these real obstacles, teachers are held more and more accountable to doing closure.  Why?  Because it is important, sure.  But it is also easy to check off on a rubric.  Did the teacher do a closure? This is easy for any administrator to see and note and therefore becomes more important than other aspects of lesson planning.  Is the closure important? Absolutely, but I would argue that it is less important than engagement, lesson alignment, pacing, management, feedback, assessment, and building a learning community. And yet it is the easiest of all of these items to assess.

For this reason, I have been working on some fool proof ways to have closure that are easy to do, look good, and are effective with students.  For the rest of my lessons, the closure will be written to support this thinking. 

1) repeatable- don't spend time coming up with a new way to close every day.  Find one way and repeat it.

2) Pacing- Time for closings that can take 1 min- 5 min.  That way you are set for all the situations that might occur.

3) Training- Train your students to stay seated when the bell rings so that at the least you can give a closing statement.

  Closure- Let's get honest!
  Lesson Planning: Closure- Let's get honest!
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Responding to Events 2

Unit 4: Life is Organized: Systems and Cells
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to use resources to create a model joint that is structurally correct and will function.

Big Idea: Run. Kick. Throw. Dance. It's all in a days work for a joint.

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