I was inspired today by a session on student engagement delivered by +Mike Reading . Here is one takeaway from the experience and one question it raised for me.
My take away
Try and capture the essence of what you are about to teach using a few clues.... a picture, a phrase, a quote, a diagram, music... Get students engaging in the act of predicting...
“What is this lesson going to be all about?”
Perhaps get students to commit their predictions to a shared Google Doc.
“Once they have made a prediction the brain will give its whole attention to finding out whether it was correct or not.” (Mike Reading)
Does this contradict the notion of stating the learning intentions up front? If you don't know about Learning Intentions, this may help..