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?

As a teacher, you always have to start with a warm up when you begin a class to help the students waking up and start thinking about what they learned previously.  The warm up can be a quick review of the subject or an pre-lesson exercise of the new lesson.  At the end of the warm-up, the teacher would take a look at where the student is at in terms of the exposure to the material they are going to learn or have learned in the previous lesson as a review. 

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Those are some really interesting ideas! The mystery box sounds like a useful tool to engage students, I will definitely be using that in the future.  The favorite wrong answer though...... I think it's better to make up a wrong answer yourself and put it up on the board for students to fix rather than potentially embarrass a student [even if all the answers are anonymous] by using their own. Thanks for sharing!

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These are such interesting ways to start lessons! Making lesson intros that are interactive and creative are great ways to set the tone for the rest of the day! Thank you for this video! 

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All these are pretty great, im a little concerned about the idea of presenting a "favorite wrong answer" though. not sure how a student would take seeing their answer up there. The object one is very smart though. Classes are so samey every day that seeing something new up front should pique the interests of many students.

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These are great ideas! My favorite one had to be Creating Curiosity about a Topic. I think this is a great way to keep students engaged about a certain topic they will be focusing on. I also really liked Using Technology to Boost Confidence. 

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  • 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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