Closing the Loop

When the school day begins or a class begins, a learning loop is ‘opened’, so to say. Closing Routines help students process their learning, check their understanding, reflect and set goals for the next day. Closing the Loop routines are done two-fold, at the end of each learning session and at the end of each school day. Routines at the end of class might include a quick quiz, discussion about the learning objectives, if students felt the objectives were met, what concept/topic they understood well, what they did not understand so well, what they might do in the next class etc. Students might rate the lesson on a scale of 1 to 10, use a graphic organizer, or just share orally what they think to questions like ‘What did you learn? What surprised you? What is unclear? What do you want to know more about?’. Closing the loop at the end of the day may include routines like discussing the highlights of the day, goals for the next day or taking a few minutes to write in journals. Closing the loop helps students end the day on a peaceful, reflective note and send them off with a sense of accomplishment.

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