Last month I shared this great video from Edutopia and added it to The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?:
NEW 60-Second Strategy: Build community in the classroom with “Appreciation, Apology, Aha!” pic.twitter.com/l5dqifw2XG
— edutopia (@edutopia) August 14, 2018
I’ve been trying to figure out how and when to try it, and Jim Knight shared an excellent video on Twitter today which will be the perfect into.
I plan to show it at the beginning of my ninth-grade class on Monday and tell them that, a few minutes before the closing bell rings, I’m going to ask students to share “appreciations, apologies, or ahas.” And that I’d like them to be looking for – and thinking about – what they might say as we go through class. I’m also going to tell the class that it will be okay for students to pass on saying anything – that there is no penalty to not doing it – but that, especially after seeing the video and the power of words, that if they didn’t say anything that day I would hope they would say something the next time we did it.
Let me know if you have any suggestions on how I can handle it better!
Here’s the video: