I quit teaching from the front of the room and have made a transition from teacher centered to student centered. Wait, you didn’t think that I actually quit teaching did you? No way, I love what I do.
This is a method I started using a lot more this year, the hook. The introduction is an example from TLAP by David Burgess, the “board message hook”. I have now brought you into my blog and you are still reading because of the way the material is presented. You keep listening to music and watching shows because they hook you in and keep you entertained. It is a simple approach, and yet very effective. I start my classes off with a hook. Most of them need need no background to answer, but it can fully engage learning without feeling as if it is hard work. Now that you are here, I challenge you to try the hook to engage students, then put them into the driver seat of their learning and empower them to keep learning from their new interest. Within one minute, I hooked you in, delivered material, and empowered you to continue learning. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius