One-minute Papers: At the end of each class period, have students write a short paper that answers two questions:
(1) What is the most significant thing you learned in class today?
(2) What is still confusing about what was covered in class today?
Collect and review responses, and plan future sessions based on student feedback. (If you require names on papers, you can respond to students individually and better help those who may struggle.)
Reaction Cards/Twitter: Distribute 3x5” cards with student names on them. Invite students to jot down any questions they may have during class and submit the cards at the end. (Alternatively, students may submit questions or requests for clarification during class via a dedicated Twitter hashtag.)
Reconsidering: Have students state their views about a class topic at the beginning of the semester and then again at the end to examine changes or growth.
Keep On Learning: Have subgroups brainstorm ideas for how they can continue learning in this subject area. These may include reading articles in the media, taking another course, creating a reading list, teaching key material to someone else, or taking an assignment that uses skills learned.
“I Hereby Resolve”: Have students write themselves a letter indicating what they are taking from the class and a plan for how they will continue learning. The instructor will actually mail the prepaid envelopes at a date of the student’s choosing.