The Opening Minute

What do students anticipate when they walk into your classroom?

Are they excited with a sense of curiosity and adventure or are they detached and subdued automatons or—even worse—resistant, off task, and disruptive or insubordinate? The opening minute of a lesson often sets the tone for the remainder of the class period!

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The Number Thirteen

Begin your next class by handing out a dollar bill to every student as they enter the classroom. Also, have posted on the screen a slide with this question: “How many thirteen’s can you find?”

Next, set a timer for three minutes and instruct students to list on a sheet of paper as many “thirteen’s” as they can find on the reverse side of the dollar bill?

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