Don’t waste a minute of class time! Use a focusing activity to minimize distractions, maintain momentum, and create more time for learning.
A focusing activity is designed to focus your students’ attention and energy immediately when they arrive (or log in) to class. When you teach using any of the learning-centered or student-centered approaches, the quality of your class time depends on your students coming to class ready to participate and engage. Focusing activities are specifically relevant to flipped classrooms since they help you and your students make connections between the pre-class and in-class work, freeing up time in class to focus on the higher level learning outcomes.
In this book, you will learn why the first five minutes of class are so important, how focusing activities are different from icebreakers, and why focusing activities encourage students to come to class prepared and ready to participate. This book is filled with teaching strategies, reflective questions, checklists, and advice to spark your creativity so you can engage your students and improve learning.