A Warm-Up ‘Mindset’ Helps Students & Teachers is the headline of one of my Ed Week columns.
“Do Now,” “Walk-In Procedures,” or “Warm-Ups” – they are names for activities that students begin to do right at the beginning of class or, as we try to do in our school, three minutes prior to the bell ringing.
There are lots of options for them. In my English and Social Science classes, students have a book they’re reading and they read silently for five-to-ten minutes. In my IB Theory of Knowledge class, there is generally a “Warm-Up” activity on the board requiring them to write a short response. Afterwards, we divide into six groups to share.
Here are ideas from others for these kinds of openings (please share your own in the comments section):
Doug shares some great Science Do Nows here.
The “Do Now” or “Do Never”? is by David Ginsburg.
Here’s a clip from the Teaching Channel:
The Power of a Do Now is from Amy Louise Haywood.
Teachers: here’s how to get your lessons off to a flying start is from The Guardian.
USING THE DO NOW FOR RETRIEVAL PRACTICE–AN UPDATE FROM ALEX LANEY is from Doug Lemov.
“Do now” is from Reading All The Books.
A Simple but Powerful Class Opening Activity is from Edutopia.
Well-Designed ‘Do Nows’ Set the Pace for Learning appeared in Middleweb.
Added some new slides to the deck of conversation starters in case you need additional check-in or icebreaker questions to begin class or work in breakout rooms! Starting w/ a fun conversation can help students feel more comfortable online. #edchat https://t.co/4qOT1OMpoh pic.twitter.com/v7MDkeHfuh
— Dr. Catlin Tucker (@Catlin_Tucker) February 2, 2021
Literary Puzzles: Using the Do Now in English is from Codexterous.
KATE JONES: EXIT TICKETS, PERFORMANCE & LONG TERM LEARNING is from Doug Lemov’s blog. I’m adding it here, and you’ll see why after you read it.
18 Warm-Up Activities to Engage Students Before They Read Nonfiction Texts is from The NY Times Learning Network.