There has been much written about on Twitter lately about Plenaries or Lesson Close and it has got my brain ticking over. This is an area where I feel I am not on top of yet. I have tried exit tickets, summaries, and much more but often I stick with them for a week or so then they drop off. Why? Often I get caught up in the main part of the lesson and find there is no time. But if I’m being honest, I don’t think I have developed a system good enough yet that is actually proving beneficial to my students. I could continue to hand out exit tickets or some of the other strategies I’ve tried and it would tick a box. Yes, my students evaluate themselves at the end of each lesson. But unless it is meaningful and moves their learning forward, what is the point?
I have read many thoughts and opinions on plenaries and have a tendency to get carried away with an idea without fully thinking it through. This needs to stop. Earlier this evening I remembered something I had seen on Education Scotland website. It is about promoting higher order thinking in relation to Bloom’s Taxonomy.
It even provides suggestions of questions and tasks that I can ask my students to complete. My aim is to have this displayed for me to see and to try to use one of these daily as a lesson close. Here they are.
The link to this document is here.
It is the top three Creating, Evaluating and Analysing that I would want to focus on. What I need to think about now is how I collect the information from my students in order for it to be purposeful.