40 Ways to Engage Them in the First 5 Minutes

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One of the best ways I engaged my students were with prompts written on the board. Each day, my students would walk in the door and see the area with the prompt, challenge, or mission and knew they had to complete it in the first 5 minutes or complete it for homework. I would change it up so they would practice writing, listening, critical thinking, and more! Now, I recommend posting these challenges on your LCD projector or on a website. Below is an infographic I created filled with ideas on how you can engage your students within the first 5 minutes. Pick resources that apply to the topic you are teaching and are appropriate for your students’ ages. Hover over the infopic to discover lessons, free apps, and resources!

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Challenge: Try one of these ideas to engage your students as soon as they walk into the door!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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  1. Hi Shelly and thanks for another inspiring post! My school has gone Google and I have been experimenting with the new “Ask a question” feature in Google Classroom as a warm up. I have been posting writing and photo prompts with inspiration from various sources such as Photoprompts Tumblr. I have also created my own photo prompts based on student interest. Students post their short responses, then reply to posts of other students thus creating an instant class blog. The response from students has been amazing, often leading to class discussions and motivation to extend their thoughts into a paragraph in Google Docs. My most reluctant writers have found success this way and I plan on posting questions related to videos and comics next. Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

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