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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?:

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: