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?

These are awesome tips on how to start a class. As an early education teacher, I would love to see more examples of warm-ups with less technology. My students love movement warm-ups! 

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I really like these lesson starters because it gives you different ideas on how to engage your students. It is also a good way to make sure all of your students participate, and check for understanding.

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These are some great ideas. I enjoy starting my class with a video when it fits the subject matter. I also enjoy using photos for inferencing purposes along with quotes. I do know that in my classes, if I picked my favorite "wrong answer," my students would feel that I was picking on them and it would become an issue. I have to be careful with them. 

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The point of "My Favorite No" is twofold....

First - we learn best from our mistakes. 

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Second - we have to dismantle the stigma that comes with making a mistake.  If your mathematics classroom culture is not one that welcomes mistakes, many students will be afraid to take a risk or open up to learn.  Eliminating the mistakes-are-awful- culture provides the best environment for engaging all students and building individual confidence.



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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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    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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