How to successfully conclude each lesson as a Teacher in the UK
Many UK Teachers underestimate the benefits of a signature lesson ending, this is your last and lasting impression, this goes a long way to engrave whatever you have been teaching the students for the past one or two hours. The introduction is very important and the closing is also of utmost priority. A good wrap up will ultimately enable the students to review, retain and even remember the cogent points that were made during the lesson. The effect of a bad ending can be likened to what you feel when you see a very interesting movie or you read a very interesting book that ends in a bad way, it makes you feel that you used your time inefficiently.
The Functions of a Strong Closure
A strong closure is a step at the end of the lesson where the teacher summarises what has been thought in a way that will enable students to process and organise the information in their way to have a better understanding of what they have learned and readily apply it to their practical life, complete coursework, or prepare for a later exam.
A strong and successful closure will enable students to retain information outside the classroom, it could take the form of a quick, structured summary or a fun game where they have to discuss what they understood in their way.
Ways to end a lesson
- Strive to finish before your time Is up: finishing a lesson after the bell goes or when the bell rings is a sure fire way to frustrate student and, once that bell has gone you’re likely to lose student engagement. End at least 10 minutes before lesson end time and engage the students in a discussion related to what you taught them.
- Coordinated exits: when students rush out of the door, many leave what they have been taught behind in the classroom, it is, therefore, important that you maintain control of the class, you can tell them that when the bell rings, that Stacy’s line can leave first since they answered more question during the lecture. This is likely to trigger the will to listen and participate in future lessons.
- 1 Minute Speeches: this can be anything, ranging from a summary of what they have learned to a routine activity that you have introduced to the class, like research or homework which they have to teach themselves about. It should be short so that as many students as possible can participate.
- Recap and Prepare: a successful closure should be able to make the students see your teaching as systematic, use the last minutes to have a recap of what you have thought and introduce the next topic in a way that will make them anticipate the next topic. Urge them to read up the next topic in preparation for future lessons.
- Do not leave before the students: we all know how it ends, an uproar of noise will follow you once you leave the classroom, and staying back also enables shy students to have a chance to ask you that question that they found difficult to ask in front of the whole class.
Now we have seen that it is not enough to ask “Is there any question?” just like every essay you have thought them to write has a close, find exciting ways to leave a signature closure so the efforts you have made in teaching will not look like it fell on stone or deaf ears.
You are a great teacher! The methods outlined above will help to engage your students further.
If you have any methods that work well, or even some that haven’t, please share them here so that other UK Teachers can learn and develop.