Hooking Students – The Anticipatory Set

FOR MONDAY (although this is being posted early)

Today we are not meeting face-to-face, but you do have a few things to work on for you “Mind Your Own Adventures.”

What is a Good Hook?

Think about lessons in school that really hooked you in, or made you want to engage in the lesson. The task and hook work hand in hand to focus the students on the learner outcomes. Designing the task and hook is a balancing act between providing the students with a direction and purpose, but not directing them with steps to follow or a menu of choices. The hook is just what it sounds like. It is a way to compel the students to want or need to know and learn the content the teacher has included in the project.

Some questions to think about:

  • Who owns the problem presented?
  • How does this problem relate to the student?
  • Does the task or problem pass the “so what” test?
  • Do the students have input as to how the task is approached?
  • Are there multiple solutions for the task?
  • Does the problem seem authentic for the student?
  • From (http://ed.fnal.gov/lincon/act/el/ml_taskhook.shtml)

The Anticipatory Set

  • Give some facts, interesting websites, additional questions, etc. – this is considered the anticipatory set – the part of the adventure where you get students excited about the question.
  • Include an appropriate online game or activity related to your question – don’t just provide a link – give students something specific to do
  • If appropriate for your topic – create a small gallery of photos that fit the question. But give students something to do with the pictures – or encourage them to create a photo album of their own pictures related to the question.

Example

Check out this student example.

For Wednesday

  • Complete the creation of your anticipatory set/hook. You should go ahead and post this on your Google Site. (see below)
  • Create a Google Site: you can start this with your partner or group. Make sure to keep a few things in mind:
    • Make sure the title of your site reflects the nature of your adventure.
    • Share permissions within your site with your partner of group. You will want to make sure everyone can make edits. Here’s a video to help you choose the correct settings.
    • Make sure your navigation bar reflects the sections in the rubric: Author Introduction, Inquire, Hook, Organize, Explore, Show What you Know, Finding a Career, and Parent Teacher Letter.
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