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Out of Ideas, Not Time? Tips for Filling Those Last 5 Minutes

It's happened to us all. You lead students through an energetic, exciting lesson, and all the students seem to understand and are engaged. You smile, feeling that this may be the best lesson you have ever taught. Then, you look at the clock. Are there really seven minutes left in class? What should you do? Keep these resources close by, and you will have an arsenal of tools for such an occasion.
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Out of Ideas, Not Time? Tips for Filling Those Last 5 Minutes
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    I always love to get advice from other teachers. This has some suggestions from teachers, and there is an interesting take on the exit ticket here. If the exit ticket is the answer to a question, don't let them leave until the answer is correct!
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    Here is another great resource! There are a multitude of short lessons listed on this page. Click on a lesson, and you will be taken to a page that explains in detail what to do and any alterations that can be made for different grades/subjects.
  • Time Fillers

    Website
    teachingideas.co.uk
    teachingideas.co.uk
    Katherine Waldon says:
    Bookmark this page now! There are loads of activities and games listed here, complete with examples, for filling up time. I love "Magic Pen," where students make their own story up, one word at a time!
  • quickanddirtytips.com
    quickanddirtytips.com

    How to Fill Extra Time When Teaching

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    The crux of this article is that you can use spirited classroom discussion to help fill leftover time. Time will fly by, and the students will be engaged! The author also suggests building 3 or 4 breaks in a lesson for discussion. I often do this with difficult concepts or with lessons that I know usually run short.
  • edweek.org
    edweek.org

    Teaching Secrets: How to Use Leftover Class Time Wisely

    Article
    Katherine Waldon says:
    Here you will find some general ideas to keep in mind when you have run out of instructional material for the day. These are some good common sense approaches. I really like the "relate" method, which includes having one-on-one interactions with students.
  • busyteacher.org
    busyteacher.org

    Top 10 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

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    Katherine Waldon says:
    Bookmark this page for whenever you have reached the end of a lesson, and need a quick, effective way to use your remaining class time. These 10 methods are easy to pull off and fun. My favorite method? Charades with vocabulary words!