Now are you ready to fire up and get RED Hot on purpose with this PrimacyRecency Effect? Cool!Let’s REFLECT, EMPOWER, and DO! It’s the RED Hot way!
Examine what’s happening in your classes now. Here are some questions tohelp you get started.How do I begin and end my classes?How many distinct parts do I have to my instruction or lessons?How do I begin and end each part of my lessons?What can I do differently to capitalize on the Primacy Recency Effect?
Start collecting puzzles, brain teasers, comics, video clips, news paper clips,stories, games, etc. that relate to the major concepts you teach. Keep themorganized in a file where you can easily locate them to use as beginnings tolessons. Some people call these “engagers.”Make another collection of concluding activities that will draw closure to lessons.If you plan with a buddy teacher, combine your efforts. Show this newsletter toother teachers you work with in PD groups. Schedule one session where yousplit up the concepts you will teach and spend time just collecting all theengagers you can find. You’ll discover once you do this, you’ll start seeingengagers everywhere! Students will even start bringing them to you.If it seems too daunting to plan smashing beginnings and endings to everylesson every day, try to do it at the beginning and end of your week. Thenincrease it to more days as you get more comfortable with it.Here’s a major pointer. Avoid beginning or ending with a disciplinary action.Math class should always begin and end with a good feeling about math. (Let’sface it, we have enough resistance as it is. We don’t need to create any on our own!)Are you stuck by required tasks that you “have to do” at the beginning of class?Try to farm it out to a reliable student if you can. If this doesn’t work for you, justmake sure students are doing something meaningful while you do your thing.Then, have a distinct signal that clues students you are ready to begin class andstart off with a bang.
Consider a topic you are currently teaching. Do an internet search for that topic.Find pictures, videos, interesting articles, quotes, etc. Here’s an example of whatI found for “fractions”