Let's face it, although closure is important, it is sometimes a pain. It takes so much time and energy to design lessons that there often isn't any creativity left for closure... and sometimes it shows. :-(
That's where these come in! These are 8 ready-to-use classroom-tested closures that are effective and fun. Based on Robert Marzano's research on effective instruction, they ask students to summarize, compare and use non-linguistic representations. Each strategy is designed to be used in multiple ways so that it can be reused throughout the year without becoming trite or meaningless. Once students understanding the demand of each strategy, little prompting will be needed to get them started. Keep multiple copies of each closure handy and you're prepared for the whole year. The most important part is that these strategies will engage your students in deep thinking that allow you to assess their understanding.
Each strategy includes:
-- recommended ways to use the strategy along with possible variations (including best practices for special education students)
-- a capture sheet designed specifically for the strategy
-- a student sample