I love this idea! In my experience, students love filling out surveys or taking polls and then comparing their responses to their peers. This quick, fun check on students' learning gives the teacher valuable information for further instruction.
Instead of merely writing the homework assignment on the board, teachers can easily include one of these closure activities to pump energy into their students. Here, there are a number of verbal, written and physical activities that inspire both fun and learning. I love the ideas in numbers 1, 13, 19 and 20.
Closure can be more logical than exciting at times, but either way, it places an end mark at the end of your lesson. I like the quick rating of the lesson. Once you build rapport with students, they will be brutally honest and you will know how to enhance your lesson for the next class or celebrate your effective instruction.
This video and step-by-step instructions provide what a teacher will need to design his/her own exit ticket (pertinent to any level or content area). Exit tickets can be used as a quick formative assessment or simply as student-teacher communication.
Remember the playground game "Red light, green light"? Well, even if you don't, this activity will inspire your kids to share their success or failure in the day's lesson. You could have the students write anonymously on their sticky notes and attach them to a red, yellow or green circle, or they may share their names. Either way, teachers learn about their students' feelings about the lesson.
Amy uses multiple exercises to help Sheldon overcome his need for closure. Ironically, once she leaves, Sheldon "closes" every activity himself and proves that "ends" are just as important as beginnings. I've used this video clip to show kids that the end of a class is like tying the ribbon on a gift or blowing out candles - it keeps the flame burning.