Best Practice

Closing time: How to end your lessons

How can we best begin and end our lessons? In two articles, Adam Riches offers ideas and advice for opening lessons and bringing them to a close. Here he focuses on how to effectively conclude your lessons

Last week I wrote about how we can start our lessons effectively (Riches, 2022) and it is perhaps natural that teachers spend a lot more time thinking about the start of their lessons than the end of them.

There is that sense that if you get it right at the start, then the whole lesson will be more settled. I’m not debating the fact that a strong start is key, but I would argue that a strong finish is equally as important.

Whereas we often look at the beginning of the lesson as an opportunity to prepare the students for learning, the end of the lesson is the chance for us to check if learning has actually taken place.

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