July 24, 2024

Berthascafephoenix

General Evolution

Start Class with a Power Move That Builds Learning Momentum

Start Class with a Power Move That Builds Learning Momentum

A MiddleWeb Blog

My youngest kid recently took up wrestling…a sport I know next to nothing about. During his matches and meets I do my best to pay attention, listen, and learn from more knowledgeable parents around me.

One thing I’ve picked up on so far is how vital it is to have a powerful start. A wrestler who comes out quick, gains offensive control, and scores points early in the match has a high likelihood of success. Conversely, a sluggish start results in a fatiguing, uphill battle to regain control and survive the round.

As I’ve worked with new teachers this past year, I’ve observed a similar phenomenon. The opening minutes of a lesson are crucial. How we begin class is the key to enlivening – or extinguishing – student interest and learning.



Previewing Strategies

Effective learning begins when we help students make connections between what they already know and what will be learned. Research shows that this “previewing” helps improve student learning, especially for students with limited background knowledge (Bloom, 1976; Hattie, 1992; Marzano, 2019). Examples of previewing strategies that can serve as power moves include:

• Bait and switch. Here’s a fun way to help students identify misinformation and misconceptions in what will be taught. Teachers start by identifying common misconceptions that students might have about a topic to be studied, such as the ocean. Then the teacher administers a True/False quiz with statements that all seem plausible but are all false. The teacher reveals to students that ALL the statements are inaccurate but are commonly misunderstood, and invites students to learn more about each one of misconceptions throughout the lesson.

• Informational hooks. These are activities designed to pique student interest in the concepts/skills to be learned. Teachers can utilize short, relevant video/audio clips, news headlines, images, and other attention grabbing media. Anecdotes and personal stories related to the lesson can also be used.

I was recently in a class where a new teacher was starting off an SEL lesson on personal/collective goals. She began with an image and story of herself in a high school, during a cross-country race, grimacing at the finish line. Her students – who are usually difficult and disengaged – were mesmerized and intrigued.

When developing informational hooks, teachers should consider questions such as…

• What concepts/skills am I helping students to master?
• What is truly unique, novel, useful, etc. about what will be taught?
• What media or anecdotes are most likely to pique students’ interests without distracting from what will actually be taught/learned?

• Vocabulary splashes. We often need a way to help students preview important terms and concepts for a lesson. Using this strategy, the teacher presents students with the most crucial vocabulary/terms for the lesson and a clear, concise explanation of each word. Students then try to sort the terms into categories that make sense to them.

After the sort students ask classmates to share their categories and the reasoning behind them. The teacher then runs a class discussion of how the terms and concepts are related to each other…and to learners’ interests and prior knowledge. At the end of the lesson, students sort/explain the vocabulary terms again.



Dive-in Strategies

As the name implies, a dive-in strategy is a task students engage in immediately, rather than easing into the topic/skills being taught. Our power move here is to get students’ brains firing, wondering, reviewing, and practicing. Here are four dive-in moves I recommend to my teacher ed students.

► Rapid review is a way for teachers to help students build confidence and mastery in a safe, supportive environment. The teacher asks students to retrieve from memory what they recently learned about a certain topic, partner with a classmate to discuss this topic, and then present. (Here’s an video example.) This approach gets students active and helps the teacher know what actually “stuck” from the previous day’s lesson.

► Quick quizzes can be an effective tool for starting a lesson, stirring up background knowledge, and getting students actively participating. Questions should be simple in format, not include too many answers, avoid trick questions, and be followed up with feedback. Oftentimes, administering a quick quiz via a tech tool like Kahoot, Google Forms, GradeCam, Plickers, Classtime, Edulastic, Formative or Ziplet can add a bit of novelty, fun, and take the “ew” out of review.

► Interactive maps and visual data are effective tools for tapping into students’ affect, or cognitive/emotional investiture, in a lesson. Teachers work to find a relevant, fascinating visual display of information and have students either (a) guess and justify what information is being discussed or (b) answer a series of questions based on the information being displayed.


 


Some of my favorite sources for attention-getting imagery include visual journalism graphics from The New York Times, graphics from articles I’m reading, and interesting maps from Far and Wide. There’s also this feature from the NYT Learning Network – What’s Going On in This Picture.

► Surveying students prior to a lesson allows teachers to introduce a topic, gauge interest, and check for existing knowledge about a topic. Google Forms, for example, allow teachers to send quick polls to students about subjects such as banned books, capital punishment, school safety, and even UFO’s, then display the results in real time in graphic form for students to see/discuss. Teachers then ask each student to work individually to examine the tabulated results and answer questions such as…

• What patterns or trends do you notice?
• When you look at the data, what catches your attention or surprises you?
• In what ways are your responses similar to that of the rest of the class?
• In what ways are your responses dissimilar to that of the rest of the class?

Students win when we have strong starts

Just like a wrestling match, teachers – and students – need to get off to a strong start. How we begin class can make all the difference in a lesson.

The battle against student disengagement and disinterest is winnable when we work to infuse the opening minutes with experiences designed to pique student interest, activate prior knowledge, have some fun, and prepare them for the day’s learning.

pga77 pga77 slot suster123 kijangwin ladangtoto rajatogel slot-gopay kakek zeus scatter-hitam scatter-hitam kijangwin suster123 scatter-hitam slot taiwan slot-gopay hoki99 slot linkaja slot ovo nenektogel gasing777 tumi123 bento123 fendi188 gasing777 66kbet scatter-pink scatter-hijau ladangtoto ladangtoto gudangtoto rajatogel nusantara4d ladangtoto scatter-hitam slot-bsi scatter-hitam ladangtoto slot-bri pga77 slot-goceng slot-10k opaltogel scatter-hitam jp188 ladangtoto slot-linkaja slot-cimb slot-gopay slot77 sbankjago sbca slot-qris ladangtoto slot-dana idnslot slot-mandiri slot-maybank ladangtoto scatter-hitam ultra889 sumseltoto medantoto rajampo raja88jp indoslot88 asiatoto88 mpltoto wajik777 tumi123 kembangtoto alexistogel mawartoto rajatogel wajik777 madu303 mpo888 sikat88 gucitoto pga77 pga77 ladangtoto olx188 gacor88 ayah4d pga77 pga77 gemilang4d ladangtoto petir388 kembangtoto sikat88 ying77 slot212 texas88 slot138 rp888 rumah258 cuan88 slot-bonanza scatter-hitam slot-dana kakek-merah rajampo lampung4d alay4d jambitoto manadototo binjaitoto pajaktoto popotogel 888slot jacktoto kaskustoto keitogel laku77 wing4d bostoto laetoto afktoto rudaltoto ojktoto pga77 rajagacor olxslot rajatogel jacktoto bento4d kaskustoto pga77 preman69 mpo808 mpoxtra838 rajatogel rajagacor ladangtoto asiatoto tumi123 olx188 bro138 galaxy77 asiatogel88 gacor88 rajatogel slot77 padangtoto rasa4d sdtoto omtogel ltdtoto dentoto rupiahtoto gacor88 pgbet slot-thailand mawartoto rajatogel rajatogel rudaltoto mawartoto topjitu toto188 mom4d 888slot sdtoto angkasa168 hondatoto 888slot bro138 scatter-hitam slot-zeus kaskustoto rajatogel tumi123 mustang303 api5000 senja777 super33 dewanaga89 hokibet dewa234 sizi99 cuanwin77 liga2000 88mega popi99 bento123 macauslot 888slot hoki178 jackpot108 gadunslot gacor88 king999 rajampo big777 kedai69 rp888 rajapaito ladangtoto rajatogel gtr11 slot99bet alba88 stars77 mangga2bet klik88 rans288 fin4d ceriabet leoslot88 agen108 dewasurga88 dragon222 gacorbos88 medusa88 pga77 pga77 pga77 surgawin homebet88 bento4d pga77 pga77 jago777 sgpslot api88 m77casino m77slot rajatogel bento4d m77casino m77slot hoki178 rudaltoto wajik777 gacor88 rajampo ladangtoto pga77 juragan69 texas88 mahjong69 galaxy77 pga77 hebat303 pga77 pga77 ladangtoto asiatoto inatogel toto88 jacktoto robintogel ladangtoto pga77 888slot wajikslot olx188 olxslot inatogel pga77 gacor88 pga77 bento4d robintogel asiatoto dewatoto gacor88 888slot slot-zeus slot-dana pga77 pga77 zodiak69 licin4d pga77 888dewa asian303 888slot indosultan88 slot-zeus Slot-Mahjong 66kbet rumah258 ying77 betseru pga77 scatter-hitam jayagaming lido88 hoki178 batik77 medusa88 duniabet303 royaltoto indosultan88 wdbos 888slot 888dewa wajik777 royaltoto wdbos gacor88 raja328 planet77 dewi188 slot-zeus slot-dana dewihoki fendi188 hoki178 batik77 pga77 naga138 robintogel surga55 pga77 slot-maxwin rajampo pga77 lotte4d 888slot pga77 angkasa168 pga77 cermin4d bento4d pga77 toto88 operatoto gacor88 olx188 m77casino m77casino pga77 pga77 888slot api5000 pga77 pga77 m77casino pga77 juragan69 pga77 presidenslot bighoki alexabet88 g200m m77casino mentari138 hoki178 olympus88 mega55 pga77 pga77 royaltoto panen77 pga77 garuda4d pga77 royaltoto sultantoto pga77 aksara4d arwanatoto bobatoto pga77 gacor88 m77casino 888slot 66kbet sritoto m77casino iramatogel mantra88 ajaib88 pga77 dewaslot88 pisang123 pga77 pga77 gas138 olx188 muara777 gacor88 dewaslot99 royaltoto pusat4d bos5000 pga77 888slot scatter-hitam pga77 sdtoto wis77 pamanslot meme4d diana4d prada4d neko4d angsa4d sinar777 brio4d pga77 okgas21 scatter-hitam slot-bonanza 98toto kingdomtoto direkturtoto rupiahtoto pga77 pga77 wongtoto akartoto kompastoto sultantoto gacor88 sumbartoto planet4d ngamenjitu 888slot royaltoto pga77 dorahoki pga77 pga77 pos4d djarumtoto kenzototo jejuslot mega777 royaltoto nirwana88 pga77 888slot pga77 pga77 palu4d royaltoto rogtoto omtogel Slot-Mahjong pga77 slot-demo pga77 slot-maxwin slot-zeus shitam sthailand pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 888slot pos4d pga77 m77casino pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 royaltoto sultantoto pos4d api5000 888slot pga77 pga77 m77casino pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 888slot gacor88 royaltoto pos4d 66kbet ying77 rajapaito pga77 pga77 gacor88 scatter-hitam pga77 scatter-hitam pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 pga77 888slot pos4d sultantoto royaltoto gacor88 bintaro88 pga77 jumbo99 biolabet slot99bet 66kbet ying77 rp888 888slot luxury333 orion88 toto-176 slotakunpro