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I've learned by some great fellow non-art teachers who use a few easy
techniques for closure. Some days I simply say "today we introduced slab
and tomorrow I'll show you how to make a cylinder." But, I've learned my
administrators really like closure on an observation so here's a few
quickies you can do when you have extra time or have an observer:
1. Exit tickets (my favorite) To leave class students must answer 1
question about what they learned for the day, what they didn't quite
understand, what they like the most, whatever.
2. Have the kids do a quick review by saying it, writing it, or even
3. If it's a process oriented lesson, have them write a short letter to a
friend describing how to do the lesson and maybe even making some changes to
it that would make it better.
4. Let's quickly brainstorm some of the vocabulary we've used in this
lesson and make a word search or puzzle using those words. Trade with
someone else and do theirs for homework.
5. If we've been using a certain reproduction in the lesson, I might pull
it out and ask a short question about it. Or, for homework, write a story
about this painting, what would it say if it came alive. Brain storm your
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
( ) "Leonardo da Vinci's best pictures have been
! ^ ^ ! destroyed. They still live.
^! * * ! ^ An idea of genius never dies."
! \ ^ / ! -Edvard Munch
( ( 0 ) ) 1929
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