With 5 minutes left in class, I like to have the kids provide an answer
to a basic question relating to facts presented or concepts taught in the
course. They are provided with a small form that has an appropriate graphic
on it. The heading may be "AHA" or "I Still Don't Get It" or "The most important
thing I learned today" OR it could be an answer to one of 10-15 questions
I display on an overhead.
They have to write their answer and present it to me on their way out the
door. If it calls for something factual (usually basic questions) the answer
must be correct before they leave. In that case, they may choose another
If the response is just an impression or a question, they may leave as
soon as they turn in their paper. I use the papers as feedback the next
day, and may even select from them as a pool of "volunteers" or to call
on students as part of a review.
The students enjoy ending the class on an energetic note. I find the feedback
invaluable in evaluating my success with the class on a given lesson. I
enjoy the basis for reviewing the following day. The students enjoy "Feedback!"