A few years passed, and I had luckily been teaching the same subject during that time. I found myself with extra time some days when previously the same lessons had taken me to the very last moment of class. I chalk this up to easier times with classroom management. I'm sure each of us can remember how big a deal classroom management was in the beginning! Heck, just dealing with late work was sometimes more than I could handle. But the years brought wisdom and time. What to do with the last 3-4 minutes of class with which I was now presented. Allow the students to talk amongst themselves, begin their homework, start the next day's lesson. I was in a quandary until I remember that wonderful teacher's advice. And I tried it. And the amazing thing is, IT WORKED.
Incorporating Daily Review
I have to say, I'm now converted. Please don't believe that I review at the end of class everyday. I can't always find the time. But I have found, that this review combined with a similar review the next day is so reinforcing that students test scores have even gone up. I can't believe that something so simple makes such a difference, but it does. The kids have to remember the beginning of class at the end, and the whole class the next day. So what advice can I give to someone who is going to try daily reviews?
- Ask simple direct questions to test the basic knowledge of the students. Need help on questioning skills? Here is a useful article.
- Provide hints for upcoming tests to keep students interested.
- Give participation points for those students who answer questions during reviews.
- Don't kill yourself over this one, just keep it short and sweet--pick the most salient points.