In many classes, lessons will begin the same way. Often teachers will explain their intended learning outcomes, write them on the board and students will write them down. However, students need time to settle into the lesson and to re-focus their minds. Going straight into a difficult lesson is not beneficial for either the teacher or the students. If the teacher manages to engage students at the beginning of the lesson, there is an increased chance of retaining their attention.
Keep reading to discover 5 great ways to start a lesson.
The stand-up game
Get your students on their feet with this game, the lesson begins with everyone standing up. Start by asking your students a question, once a student has answered a question they are able to sit down. Students are motivated to answer questions before other students take their answers as they don’t want to be left standing up.
Guess the topic
Get your students intrigued in the lesson ahead by showing them images that are related to the topic (or to make it more difficult, parts of images) and have them guess what the topic is. This is a great way to get students involved and engaged.
Count to 10 game
This game is a great way to start any lesson as it encourages critical thinking and team building. Students are to stand in a circle and count to 10. The first student will say ‘1’ or ‘1,2’ and the next student will pick up where the previous student left off. Each student can say a maximum of 2 numbers until you get to 10, the student who says the number 10 is out and must sit down. The game continues until there is a winner.
What happens next?
A great way to start a lesson is by showing a relevant video. By pausing it at a key point, students can predict what will happen next. This is an opportunity for students to engage in the upcoming lesson and grasp their full attention.
Find someone who…
Students are to walk around asking their classmates questions, to find out information which can be compared and shared with the rest of the class. An example question includes ‘find someone who’s favorite color is red’.