Strategic IntroductionsA strategic introduction to a lesson includes several aspects:
- Novelty: Grab students’ attention by introducing information, a topic, or a lesson in a different way.
- Relevance: Provide explicit suggestions on how students will be able to transfer what they learn into other aspects of their lives.
- Written and Verbal Instructions: When students forget what to do, teachers can then just point to the instructions instead of repeating them.
- Modeling: Explicity model your thinking process, and show students examples of other students' work.
- Activate Prior Knowledge: Remind students of how what they are going to learn relates to what they have previously learned.
- Translating: Ask students to "translate" important concepts into their own words.