One of the most crucial elements of a good lesson is giving students an opportunity to reflect on your essential question or clear learning targets so that they can self-assess what they learned as well as what they may need to review or ask for support to grasp. The 60 second paper is a great formative assessment strategy that you can use as a closure activity in order to see where your students are so that you can best meet their needs.
Here’s how it works: Simply ask students to share in less than one minute the most important things they learned during class today and identify any areas of confusion or questions they have. You should, most certainly, point them back to your essential questions and clear learning targets as well.
Reviewing these papers will give you an idea of how to plan your instruction moving forward, where misconceptions lie, and who may need additional support.