Closing out a lecture is so important in order to help students and teachers in may ways. Here are some helpful strategies to end your lessons and help students better prepare for the end of the lesson/day. Taking these steps will ensure that students are ready for the closing of the lesson.
Making the last 15 minutes of class a "choreographed routine" can help your students in a big way by preparing them, keeping behavior at bay, and creating a pleasant and caring environment. Some tips are to have students clean up, pack up, and pause while you assign homework and provide them with any handouts they need. Doing this successfully for a few days will set the tone for the rest of the year.
This is for teachers with students who have a few different methods of transportation--including bus, parent pick up, an after school program, etc. Scroll down to the "End of the School Day" section. There are various techniques to ensure a smooth ending to the day, including structured routines, enforcing complete silence during announcements about dismissal, having visual reminders, and keeping a record of the dismissal procedure and methods for that day.
By having a proper routine in place, there will be a signal to the brain that lets students know it is that time of day, and will help them to realize they should pack up and get ready to leave. This approach involves going over the agenda for the day and reviewing what was learned to refresh their memory. Then, students are able to close out the day strong and focus on the dismissal process.
The Stoplight Method is an end of class technique that allows students to use a post it note to write about what they learned, if they have any questions, and if anything stopped their learning. This helps students to get into the routine of reflecting about what they learned about that day and helps them ask any questions they may have. It also helps teachers to understand what worked and what did not for better future preparation.