At the beginning of a lesson I like to get everybody busy straight away, making a calm start to the lesson and very much like the idea of so called ‘bell’ work. Give students a task that is simple to understand and requires no more than a simple instruction on the board (no technology required – unless you are in the room ahead of your students which offers more possibilities). This is a particularly useful idea if students arrive at different times. Students are expected to get to work as soon as they enter the room.
- Some short questions on a topic studied recently.
- Ask students to write down all they can remember on any topic. They could perhaps draw a mind map or a picture to represent their ideas.
- Ask for some specific facts, eg write down the names of all the quadrilaterals they can with a quick…
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