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How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes

How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
In the first 5 minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 tips for how to engage students at the start of the lesson.

Via Evdokia Roka
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I have a wonderful friend who is currently a student teacher. I absolutely love chatting to her about her experiences and questions, as she challenges me to reflect on my own practice: to re-evaluate my strategies; to work out what it is I do and why; to tweak what isn’t working. Her questions are always intelligent, thought-provoking and full of exciting curiosity – she is going to make an exceptional teacher. A few weeks ago she asked me how to get students to ‘come to the party’; how to entice them to engage and participate in the learning experience so that it wasn’t a one-sided affair. Yikes! What a question. This got me thinking and I came to an interesting realisation: In the first five minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Really. If, after the introductory minutes, my student have already slumped down into their seats, are gazing out the window or surreptitiously texting under their desks (yes, we do realize that is what you are doing; we don’t think that you are just staring at your crotch), then I know my job for the next 45 minutes is going to be a lot more difficult. I set the scene for my lesson in those first five minutes. Somehow, I need to ‘hook’ them in, pique their interest, give them a reason to be invested in what they are going to learn. I realise this is no small feat, so here are 5 tips for breaking with routine and shaking thinks up at the start of the lesson: 1. Rearrange the desks. (There is something about rearranged desks that makes students curious about the upcoming lesson..."What will happen today?" 2. Tell them not to take out their books. (this mixes up routine) 3. Ask a thought-provoking question. 4. Play a video clip. (strategically) 5. Play a game. (occasionally - very short)
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Infographic: The Socratic questioning process ...

Infographic: The Socratic questioning process ... | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Via Dennis T OConnor, juandoming, Linda Alexander
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Overarcher's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:55 AM

socratic questioning in pictures, love it!

Maria Persson's comment, July 11, 2013 6:15 PM
My daily life at work and play so often involves Socratic questioning - I never get bored and constantly on a learning curve! Thanks for sharing this great resource!
Margarita Parra's comment, July 22, 2013 10:01 PM
There is an approach to solving a problem, by Guy Brousseau. It looks much like this process.And it works!
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The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest - P2P Foundation

The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest - P2P Foundation | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Here’s a quit extensive synthesis of  “The Penguin and the Leviathan,” in my opinion a wonderful book for anyone who is interested in improving and transformin…
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Off Page Project | Youth Speaks Network

Off Page Project | Youth Speaks Network | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Empowering youth to create media that creates social change.

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I highly recommend "Whispers From The Field'.  I first learned about this project at a conference. I'm happy that Maashable wrote a nice piece on the organization today: http://mashable.com/2013/08/08/off-page-project/

 

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6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher

6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
The wide embrace of technology in education and the growing use of digital media in classrooms have expanded the meaning of literacy to account for these digital innovations. Both teachers and students are now required to develop a ...

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A nice list of questions to make sure that we are using tech as tools not as toys.

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What's Gone Well Today? - web browser not supported.

What's Gone Well Today? - web browser not supported. | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Great resources for lively conversations!  This related site is equally wonderful!
http://s1049.beta.photobucket.com/user/whatsgonewell/media/WGWT%20card%20samples/momentum.png.html?sort=6&o=4 ;

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Great resources for lively conversations!  This related site is equally wonderful!

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