How to Have an Effective Dismissal


One of the most unpleasant times during school days can certainly be a dismissal. For me, it's very important to have an effective stopping routine so students leave good notes, and so I don't end school days with stress and being overwhelmed.

Fill out the agenda

This might not work for everyone, but we always finish our agenda in the morning instead of at the end of the day. When students enter and before they start work in the morning, they read the blackboard and copy homework and notes / reminders to their parents or themselves (Example: drawing day, studying for an exam).

This method also works well for teachers who check the agenda every day for completion and to be signed. You can check in the morning after / during morning work and look for two things at once: that the evening homework has been written and that the overnight agenda has been signed.

Get a Backpack

Now let's move on to the actual stop time of the day. I have written as the last subject for the past two years, but the routine that I will share with you is to work on any subject as long as students work independently for the last 10 to 15 minutes of the day. (What I always like to do because it calms students who are anxious for the end of the day)


When students work independently, I call one group at a time to take their backpacks, tie them to their chairs, and continue working. This requires a little training and I find myself saying over and over in the first month or so, "Group 1, get your backpack, everyone keeps working." I say it to remind the class that they must continue to work because most students are conditioned to think that Get Your Backpacks = No More Working.

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I continued to call all groups until everyone had their backpacks. At this point, students are still working independently but everyone has their backpack and will be ready when it's time to pack.

Past the New Homework

I always give them a few minutes to continue working quietly before I order them to clean their table and take everything they need to go home. Right now, they still haven't packed up. They just take everything that needs to go home. They know to put today's homework on a pile of things to go home.

At this point, I quickly discussed the homework that night and distributed all the letters or forms that had to go home. I only need a minute or more to do my homework because I keep my homework very consistent week after week. Read my post here about how I manage homework to learn more about my routine homework and how I don't have to spend a lot of time doing new homework.

Clean and Install the Chair

After doing homework that night, the students finally started packing and cleaning under their desks. While they did this, I called the group to lift their chairs. Because we have to stack our chairs, I have to call the group to stack chairs. When students have put down their chairs and have a clean area, they sit at their desks. It serves two purposes: it makes them walk around the room and makes sure their desktop is clean. A messy desktop at the end of the day is my pet annoyed.