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This week I wrote about active and engaging lesson hooks to kick off your lessons.
The bell rings. Students are all sitting in their seats. Their attention is at the front of the room where a PowerPoint or Google slide deck is displayed for all to see. You are ready to give your lesson. Is this the scene in Ferris Buller’s Day Off where Ben Stein is the economics teacher throwing out questions to students looking at him with blank stares while his voice drools out, “Anyone, anyone?” Then we see various close up shots of aloof students checked out. There’s even one extreme close up that shows a student drooling while sleeping with his head down on his desk.
Lesson Planning Rule #1: Start With a Hook
Just like the hook in a movie or piece of literature, the opening hook of your lesson needs to draw students in right at the beginning. Consider adding an element of mystery, intrigue, and fun into this opening portion of your lesson. The hook or warm-up is where students are invited into the lesson, access background knowledge, and learn the significance of the day’s lesson.
Hooks should be ENGAGING to support all learners. This is a crucial moment to engage and motivate students. Consider visual or graphic hooks, technology-based hooks, and interactive experiences. Hooks and warm-ups can be collaborative and require active learners.
Want to read more and find out what are some ways to kick off your lesson tomorrow morning? Read more here.