Interviewer: Okay, here we go. You’re gonna walk in the classroom quickly and quietly. I will hand you your do-now, instructions are on the board. Are there any questions before we get started.
A do now is any activity that you have at the very beginning of class that helps you set the tone for that day.
Quickly, quietly, get started right away. Go ahead and get started right now on your do-now.
Kids come in and have something to do when they get to their desk. That something to do should go back to what they’ve worked on before, and lead into what they’re gonna work on next. Often it’s really good to put the instructions for the do-now up on the board, so you don’t even have to say that much. They can just read them, and start following the directions.
Then instead of having to talk to a lot of kids, we can just say, “I really like the way you got started, now go ahead and work on number two.” They read it, and then you can move on.
Yeah, do it on the back of it. That cool? You know what to do right?
Interviewer: I’ve seen teachers that do do-nows as quick quizzes at the beginning of everyday. I’ve seen teachers that do a few old questions that they want to work on. It could be a reading passage that the kids have been working on. Ideally, something that’s gonna lead you directly into that day’s lesson.
I see Chartanay 01:20 is starting to add to find the average of her numbers.
The other great thing about a do-now is it’s really excellent technique for classroom management.
I see the middle row is completely engaged in what they’re working on.
It helps you to set the expectations from the very beginning of your class period. So a kid walks into your classroom, they know, “I’m gonna walk in. I’m gonna get my stuff out, and there’s work for me to do.” The hardest part of a teacher’s day is constantly getting kids back on task, getting your students back doing the work you want them to do, that’s the hard part.
All right, you have about two minutes to finish your do-now, stay focused, stay on task.
The best thing about a do-now is we start to work right away, and now I’m keeping you on task as opposed to getting you back on task.