As this discussion was the last for 2019, it seems appropriate to discuss endings, specifically how to end a lesson well. This could mean many different things to different people. To some, ensuring that pupils leave the classroom buzzing armed with new understanding and awe for the subject. For others, just cramming the required block of the curriculum and finishing on time would be a victory.
Others may dismiss the end of a lesson altogether, and instead, see the school bell signalling a transition from classroom-based learning to learning beyond the classroom.
The formal plenary has fallen out of fashion in recent years, but are there good and not so good ways to complete a lesson to maximise learning?
- Do you feel that lessons should have a specific activity or feature to end them well?
- How can the last minutes of a lesson be used to maximise learning of what went before, and to link to the next lesson?
- Should a lesson finish in a set way, or should a variety of ways be used?
- How can the final minutes of a lesson be used so learners continue learning independently until the next lesson?
- What are your favourite ways to end a lesson?
- How shouldn’t a lesson finish, and how can it be avoided?
- What role can technology play in making the end of a lesson work better?
- How can we encourage learners to summarise their previous learning so they are ready for the next lesson?
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