Series: Tch Tips

Five Ways to Start Your Lessons
Lesson Objective: Engage students at the beginning of class
All Grades / All Subjects / Planning

Thought starters

  1. How could you use an object to pique students' interest?
  2. How could you start your lessons in different ways for different purposes?
  3. How does Ms. Alcala use her warm-up as both an assessment and a teaching opportunity?
5 Comments

Starting class with an object, a video, or an activity is a great idea because it gets them involved and ready to go for that class period. It starts to get their minds moving and give them an idea of what they are going to be learning from that particular lesson. As the video also stated it gives the teacher an idea on what they know about the topic before the lesson even starts. This works great for any class such as math, history, science and any other structured class. I really like this idea for math because not only can you introduce a new subject you can put problems on the board from past lessons and homework assignments to see if they really understand the material.

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All methods listed were great tools to use at different types of teaching levels and I believe they were all effective. I enjoyed learning about taking class polls to see how students feel about different topics this is a great idea to try and incorporate. 

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All five methods were different and had students fully engaged.  I am definitely in favor of starting with movement.  As a review for prior day's instruction, students will have to respond with the correct answer before they could take a seat.

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I like the sharing of "My Favorite Mistake".  I like how everyone gets to try the problem, then the teacher finds unique mistakes and the kids try to figure it out. They analyze and learn from each other's mistakes. 

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Using objects that they may not have seen before gets them curious and interested in what the item is and what may become of it. 

I like that she uses the questions to see who got the questions correct and wrong, then uses her favorite wrong answer to supply back to the students where the mistake was and how to fix it. 

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Transcripts

  • Alright, friends. I gotta tell you something. I have this box. There were some things in it. They might be

    Alright, friends. I gotta tell you something. I have this box. There were some things in it. They might be some clues to what we're supposed to learn today. - [Teacher 2] Your warmup is going to be an online, a Google form. So, you're being presented with certain statements. You are trying to figure out do I strongly agree? Do I just agree? Do I disagree? - [Teacher 3] I want you guys to warm up with a video. The thing I want you guys to be curious about is what you see on the screen. What questions do you might have, and what do you wonder. - [Teacher 4] Everybody stand up! You get to sit down if you choose to share your response. Who's up for it? Okay, here we go. - [Student] The Congo River symbolizes demonization. - [Teacher 4] Nice, anybody else? - [Teacher 5] I put a warmup problem on the board, have them write their answer, I collect it, and then I sort it. And I look for my favorite wrong answer. How far are they from getting it right, and showing that work to the other kids. Okay, my favorite no.

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