Most teachers, I’m sure, make sure to leave time during the first class to take student questions, primarily about the syllabus and the shape of the course ahead. But it’s worth underlining the importance of student involvement right from the start, letting them know that your desire to hear their questions and concerns is not just a superficial courtesy (“Any questions? OK then…). Here’s a way to encourage students to take ownership of the course. After a brief introduction, distribute the…
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Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class -- Article with 4 suggestions on how to activate students' interest at the beginning of a class; although aimed at college students, the ideas presented will work equally well with K-12 students, including ELLs.