At the end of June I wrote about Continuous Improvement and promised that I would share updates throughout the upcoming school year. Well, here’s update #1, thanks to a great post by @druinok about Closure and Exit Slips.
Just like the post says, I, too, have always struggled with wrapping up lessons before the bell rings. Okay, we don’t have bells, but there comes a time when the students have to move on to another class. Too often, it seems like we are all so involved that the time just creeps up on us and off we go. That means that I have to rely on my gut instincts to plan for the next day. After so many years of teaching, it seems to work, at least from my perspective, but am I really serving my students in the best possible way that I can?
As a member of the Better Math Teaching Network, I had to come up with a plan – something in my practice that I can tweak, test, and adjust with ease. So, I decided to focus on class closure. Since I don’t have an actual process for this, I had to think intentionally about what I might be able to do. I created this process map:
I focused on the final 10 minutes of class. Who knows if this is appropriate or not. That will be one of the adjustments that I will have to make, I’m sure. But, I have created a set of Google forms that are designed to solicit some focused feedback that I’ve designated as “process” or “content” oriented. Here is a sampling of “process” Exit Polls I’ve created:
And for “content”:
What I like about the Google Form is that I anticipate it will be easy for students to access (most have smart phones, all have laptops) and I can post a link on the Google Classroom.
I am hopeful that this process, this structure, will push me to gather deliberate and intentional data from my students so that I am able to plan better each day. Time will tell.
8 responses to “Lesson Closure & Exit Polls”
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Maybe I am having a tech fail moment here, but the images are hard for me to see and they aren’t scaling up well. Do you have any higher resolution versions? I love what I’m reading! Thanks.
Can you click on the image? If I click on it a larger version of it pops up (using Chrome browser). Thanks for the feedback. It will be an interesting experiment as I begin the year.
For some reason when I click on it the image is not any bigger. I will try with a different computer. This school issued chromebook does weird things sometimes.
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Hi Pamela. Love this but I’m having the same problem and am using chrome. Would love to see a close up of your exit poll process map!
Chiming in to say the polls do get bigger when I click on them, but not the flowchart.
The next post contains larger versions of all of the images, including the process map. It’s supposed to, anyway.