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?
56 Comments

This video was effective in showing me ways to start my class and flow right into the lesson for the day. I like that each example got students involved in the lesson while giving the teacher a chance to evaluate and asses how much the students know about the topic prior to beginning the lesson.

I think being able to assess what your students know before beginning the lesson is important. It allows you to make any adjustments you need to how you approach your lesson, give any additional information to the students to help them prepare for what they are going to learn, and once assignments are completed after the lesson you are able to evaluate your teaching methods and the students ability to retain the information.

When I was a student I always paid better attention and enjoyed the lesson more if I was able to be involved. Whether it be group discussion, movement, or some sort of activity relating to the lesson. I also still use videos to learn about various topics. Accessing information in many different forms helps me make better connections and have a better understanding

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I enjoy seeing the smiles on the students faces as they are going to start a new lesson in a creative way!

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I think watching this video helped me alot because it showed me great ways on how to get students involved in the beggining of class. I believe that the ways we were just shown will stimulate the minds of students, making them want to take part in the lesson that is going to be presented to them. All 5 of these methods will be useful for student involvement in the classroom.

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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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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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