Get the Most Out of the First Five Minutes of Class

August 17, 2015 Hans Mundahl

Editor’s note: We’re excited to kick off our Back to School series with K–12 Expert, Hans Mundahl, Hans Mundahl & Associates. Over the next four weeks, watch for Hans’ concrete tips to help teachers get the most out of onCampus, our learning management system.

The first five minutes might be one of the most important times in any class. This can sometimes be tricky because you need to accomplish three sometimes competing goals:

  1. First, you need to attend to individual students or class logistics.
  2. Second, you need to transition the whole class to start thinking about your course material.
  3. Finally, you need to establish a comfortable routine where the start of a class doesn’t feel confusing or hectic.

One great way to solve this problem is through a ‘Do It Now’ activity. Not familiar with the concept? Watch the video below to see how it’s done!

Are you already incorporating something similar in your class? Leave us a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

Learn more from Hans on September 14th in his upcoming webinar – Building an Online School community: Best Practices from Behind the Password. Register now >


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