Brian Sztabnik is a highly recognized AP English Teacher. Here’s his quote about the first and last eight minutes of class:
That is the crux of lesson planning right there—endings and beginnings. If we fail to engage students at the start, we may never get them back. If we don’t know the end result, we risk moving haphazardly from one activity to the next. Every moment in a lesson plan should tell.
The eight minutes that matter most are the beginning and endings. If a lesson does not start off strong by activating prior knowledge, creating anticipation, or establishing goals, student interest wanes, and you have to do some heavy lifting to get them back. If it fails to check for understanding, you will never know if the lesson’s goal was attained.**
How do you engage or HOOK students in the first few minutes of class? One of my favorite ways was to use videos ... visual stimuli attract students' attention. Several years ago, I compiled a list of favorite Youtube videos that worked for my Algebra 2 curriculum. You can access the file here.
You'll notice certain sources are repeated! Check out these sources for videos that fit your curriculum:
Do you have a video that inspires students in math class? If so, share the title/link in the comments!
- Talkin’ Chalk. (2018, September 9). Learning Hooks | Engage Students in the Classroom. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYiacSSLP9o&feature=youtu.be
- Teach Starter. (2021, August 17). 9 Lesson Hook Strategies to Launch Learning. https://www.teachstarter.com/us/blog/lesson-hook-strategies-to-launch-learning/?queryID=ad3019fcf6bd045218cd34cf920cc3e6&objectID=1855798
- Gonzalez, J. (2020, June 13). Know Your Terms: Anticipatory Set. Cult of Pedagogy. https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/anticipatory-set/
- Elliott, J. (2021, June 30). What is the Engagement Phase of the 5E Instructional Model. What I Have Learned. https://www.whatihavelearnedteaching.com/engagement-phase-5e-instructional-model/ Diede, M. D., & Risby, K. R. (2021, September 2). Captain of a hook: 10 engaging lesson introduction ideas. Ditch That Textbook. https://ditchthattextbook.com/lesson-hooks/