Instructional Closings

Closing Time

Science can be messy and my students are often in such a rush to take care of the priorities for the next class that they forget to clean up their work and physical area appropriately. Closing Time reminds my students of their obligations for the end of a class period and standardizes a system that promotes personal responsibility for all class materials. During this time, I list all of the upcoming class assignments and events on the board, so that my students can begin thinking about future activities when they've finished cleaning up and closing down. Coupling this strategy with a tool like Remind 101 keeps my students aware of what is expected of them outside of class time.

Strategy Resources (3)
Teacher In Action
 
 
Presentation
 
 
This Closing Time Segment is reflected both physically and digitally. My students have a section of their digital agendas that details the summary questions and next steps for the following classes so that my students are aware of exactly what to take care of before the upcoming period. While they assess what needs to be prepared for next time, they can save their work, clean up the area around them that is often cluttered with science materials.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Remind is a digital communication tool that changes the way students and teachers can interact outside of the classroom. This tool keeps students in the loop about upcoming activities and expectations and keeps identities and phone numbers private to prevent unnecessary intrusions into student privacy. When using Remind, I carefully select what I want to communicate to my students and only send that information periodically, so that they are not so overwhelmed with information that they stop checking.
Teacher In Action
 
 
Presentation
 
 
This Closing Time Segment is reflected both physically and digitally. My students have a section of their digital agendas that details the summary questions and next steps for the following classes so that my students are aware of exactly what to take care of before the upcoming period. While they assess what needs to be prepared for next time, they can save their work, clean up the area around them that is often cluttered with science materials.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Remind is a digital communication tool that changes the way students and teachers can interact outside of the classroom. This tool keeps students in the loop about upcoming activities and expectations and keeps identities and phone numbers private to prevent unnecessary intrusions into student privacy. When using Remind, I carefully select what I want to communicate to my students and only send that information periodically, so that they are not so overwhelmed with information that they stop checking.
Jeff Astor
Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy High School
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Tenth grade
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