Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

Four quick ways to shift students’ attention from life’s distractions to your course content.

Source: chronicle.com

One of the more challenging aspects to teaching is to start each class in the right way. This means getting students to put aside the conversations that they might be having with friends in the class, or through texting, getting them to focus on what you want and not the homework or test that is due for another class, or even sleep.  How do you get them engaged in your class from the beginning? This article gives some tips that you can use to help you make the first five minutes of class work for you to engage students.  Not only can these tips help them focus on what you want to discuss, it can also help them with putting topics together from one class session to another.