They tiptoed their way up the steps, and when they reached the door, it swung open.
Beginning your lesson plans with a five-minute warm-up or icebreaker can serve to focus your students on a new topic, open up creative thinking, and help them to apply the learning in new ways.
This warm-up takes a significantly longer time, but depending on your topic, it just might be the magical experience people remember forever.
It works especially well when you're teaching something that involves physical shapes, science for example.
Ask your students to come up with three words they associate with the new topic. In a corporate setting, it could be used to understand the causes of a current problem.
The value in this for you, as a teacher, is that you'll discover very quickly where your students' heads are. If you could go back in time, or forward, where would you go and why?
Pass a "magic wand" around your classroom before you begin a new topic and ask your students what they would do with a magic wand. Your topic will determine the kinds of questions you can ask to get them started.
What would your students do to effect change in your given topic if money were no object?
Divide them into teams of four and present the topic.
Ask them to brainstorm and list as many ideas or questions as they can come up within a given amount of time. Each student must write his or her ideas on the board or paper you’ve provided.