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It’s all in the Hook!
Take a moment to think about your favorite movie or your favorite book. What happened in the opening scene or first chapter that captivated you, piqued your curiosity, touched you personally, or was just simply scary, suspenseful or just entertaining? Writers and directors get it. They know that the key to grabbing and keeping the audience quickly is the “hook”. In education, the hook -- or anticipatory set -- is a critical part of eliciting curiosity, establishing connections, and engaging students. Instead of beginning with, “Today we are going to learn about blah, blah, blah,” use a hook to frame students' thinking and pull them in.
One engaging tech tool is Classhook, a free video-based site that contains over a thousand short clips from popular movies and television shows. After determining the topic of an upcoming lesson, search Classhooks' extensive library for age-appropriate and relevant clips to hook your students. You can search by grade level, subject, and clip length. It is simple to create playlists, create bookmarks, and even add discussion questions to provoke a deeper level of thinking. Below are two examples to get you started.
Example 1: "I Love Lucy" clip to spark a lesson on persuasive writing.
Example 2: "Big Bang Theory" clip to show testing and verifying a hypothesis.
As a reminder - always watch every video in its entirety before showing to students.
Teacher Tip - Keep Student Writing in Place When Creating a Copy
Sara Vogelpohl from Meadowthorpe Elementary recently shared a great suggestion in her third grade PLC (professional learning community) while discussing Google Classroom. When creating a Google doc that is to be assigned to each student, she provides the student with a specific place to type by creating a 1x1 table under each question. The students understand that the box will expand as they type and if they hold down the backspace key too long, the cursor stays in the box and doesn’t accidentally delete the teacher’s directions or questions.
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Upcoming Technology Professional Learning Opportunities
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Currently Posted Learning Opportunities
March 21, 2018 @ Northern Elem
3:15 - 4:45
Presenter: Jerry Broyles
Google Forms is definitely my favorite Google app! Learn the basics of Google Forms and Google sheets. Impress your friends by creating digital formative and summative assessments! Google Forms is also great to use for surveys and to collect student/parent information. We will learn about the various question types offered and use Google sheets to collect our responses. Google Forms offers a wide range of possibilities including multiple choice, dropdowns, short answer, and advanced branch logic and question skip logic. All are welcome!