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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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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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