Creating a “need to know”

Teaching it Real

What is the best way to start a lesson?

When I started teaching, way back in the mists of time (well, 2004) the “three part lesson” was all the rage. The importance of a starter was made clear as soon as we arrived fresh faced and keen of eye to our teacher training courses but there was very little idea of what exactly this starter task should entail. Often is was a dreaded word search. At best a question that linked back to the previous lesson.

Increasingly I am seeing the start of a lesson as important for creating motivation to learn. For creating a “need to know” that harnesses children’s natural curiosity.

Using  a stimulus

bckgr1 This dam is in Lesotho. What questions would you ask about this image?

When pupils arrive at my lesson there is always a stimulus and question on the board ready for them. They tend…

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High School Science and Mathematics Teacher, Author and Blogger. Graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Richard also holds the coveted Certificate in Mathematics from the Open University (UK).

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