Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Warmups and Closures
But, better late than never, right? :)
This past week's theme was Warm-ups and Closures - you can go read the rest of the submissions over on Julie's blog, just click HERE
Next week's theme is classroom tour - I hope to get that one done BEFORE the deadline! :)
The first few and last few minutes are the most important time of class, in my opinion. I do a pretty good job of warm-up activities and I am trying desperately to get better at closure!
In Stat, each day has a theme:
Monday - Multiple Choice Monday - quick 5 question MC reviews over any previous material
Tuesday/Wednesday - Analysis & Reflection of MC Monday
Thursday - Throwback Thursday - short answer review questions over previous material
Friday - FRAPPY Friday - a released AP Free Response question
In Geometry, I'm not quite as organized, but they do have:
Monday - Mental Math Monday
Tuesday/Wednesday - Throwback Tuesday or Wayback Wednesday over previous material
Thursday - Think About It Thursday with a problem solving / critical thinking question
Friday - No theme yet :)
Closure is one of those areas where I feel I can always improve. Over the years, I've tried various things, now I tend to do a combination of exit ticket prompts:
The first one on the left is a summary prompt with an area for questions and teacher response. This template came about after a discussion on Twitter years ago! The middle one is the one I use most often, which is a generic Exit Ticket quarter sheet. The one on the right is based on an AVID Reflection page.
Generic Exit Ticket
Reflecting on Today
Weekly Exit Tickets
For my actual prompts, I tend to use my "Ring of Prompts" or other prompts that I've blogged about before.
I'm always looking for new strategies for closure, so please blog yours and share them! :)