During the chaos of those final days of school, sometimes it's tough to take a moment to put the year in perspective for both teachers and students.
By using the simple, short, and honest format of The Big Final Exam, you'll encourage students to reflect on their experiences and, in the process, you'll get some of the most valuable feedback of your career. Students reflect on positives and negatives of the year and consider the needs of future students.
I've used this "exam" for the last eight years... and I've kept every response. The anonymous feedback from students has improved my craft more than any "professional" observation.
This requires no extra work from you (aside from running copies) and is an excellent closing activity for your last day of school. It sends students off on a positive note and helps you reflect as you begin planning for your next year.
Congrats! You made it! =)
**If you do choose to review, please let me know what grade level you've used the Big Final Exam with and if it worked well -- I've used it for both 7th and 11th graders and am curious to see if you had success at different levels!