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The Safari Hook would be something I would want to implement in my classroom next year. This would assist in varying instruction as well as getting the students outside of the regular classroom to make learning more interesting. This would also help the students become more engaged in the lesson and would assist with retention of the material. It would be fun to do a scavenger hunt and have the students find different parts of the lesson and try to put them together to make sense while working and socializing with peers. I feel that students learn more from each other than they would from a lecture or listening to an adult talk.
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The Reality TV Hook could be challenging because it would require a lot of preparation. I think the students would like it because they enjoy competition, but it would have to be very well-planned. I might be able to use it when I do mapping labs for each unit in World Geography. The mapping labs require the students to use different types of maps to answer challenge questions about the region we're about to study. They usually like them because they have to move around the room, and they usually compete to see which group can finish first. I would have to break the lab up into smaller pieces and have stopping points or check-ins, and I would probably need to have more sets of materials in order to make it work.
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The interior design hook. I’ve always wanted to transform a classroom into something else to get kids excited for a lesson (s). I remember reading an article about a teacher that transformed her classroom into wonderland to help inspire her fourth graders to write. Since I am a substitute teacher this proves to be a bit difficult, but since I’m starting a long term job in October (if things work out) I might be able to do this.
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I would like to try the Arts hook, as this is an area I am least comfortable with. I will use the Mozart, Picasso and Mnemonic Hooks to review the properties of quadrilaterals. Working in small groups, each group would either choose or be assigned one of the quadrilaterals. The group will then choose a presentation medium such as poster, song, rap, mnenonic, etc. to represent the properties. They will present the end product to the rest of the class.
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I will try the props hook this next school year. I love the idea but it seems like a lot of work, not a real "bang for your buck." Years ago we could theme all of our subjects and it was easy to start each week with props, the challenge now is finding a connection between all the subjects (I am a self contained teacher). I will need to keep my props very broad so they can fit many subjects.
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I would like to use the Picasso Hook for the Texas Revolution. Ahead of time I would make a huge map of Texas. Class groups could create visuals or scenes representing colonies, towns, missions, battles, and other important information. Sequentially, we could add the scenes to the map. The map could be ongoing as we study the Revolution, adding additional illustrations, symbols etc. During the unit I could also see using the Mystery Bag Hook with items a settler or soldier might have or encounter....animals, crops, tools, a map, letter, or even a poisonous snake.
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I want to try using the Student Hobby Hook in my classroom. Teaching second grade math is fun but can also be challenging. There are about 100 students in the second grade on our campus. I would like to do a survey of all students to find out favorite hobbies, school subject, favorite food, etc. From the survey I would divide my students up in groups and have them complete three different graphs from the information. This information could be shared across second grade.
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I think the drama hook for me is one of the most important and most difficult. Difficult because it is not something that I personally enjoy so I have little motivation for planning for it. However, I did incorporate drama once this past spring and saw several of my students come alive who hadn't shown that much eagerness in the classroom before. I recognized that regular dramas/plays in my classroom will help get more students involved and enjoying class. My goal will be one before Christmas and two after Christmas!
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Because of my very introverted personality, the costume hook would be pretty challenging for me. However, as I was reading the book, I couldn't help but think of using the analogy of trying to participate in a sport without practicing it. I love to run and a runner would be a fairly simple costume to pull off. I would like to begin my first class with me dressed as a runner, watching a race on the screen as if that's how I will prepare for an upcoming marathon. Then on the next class day, come in with an injury or something and then talk about how watching a race didn't condition my muscles or help me practice my form so when I went to run, I ended up injured. Then talk about using couch to 5k or something to actually get out there and practice and build up to being able to run longer distances gradually until I am finally able to run a marathon. I will relate this to how we learn math. Math is not a spectator sport. We can't just watch the instructor do the problems on the board and expect to ace the test without practicing the problems on our own. Does watching someone else's form help us with our own? Yes. Is it enough to be able to master the skill? No. You need both and practicing yourself is even more important than watching how someone else does it.
I don't know if this will work or if it's a good idea, but I have some time to think about it and work out the details to try and make it a good hook. I really want students to realize that they have to put in the work and that if they put in the work, they can be successful.
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The Picasso Hook in world geography. I could have the students create flags for the different countries covered in a unit. I could have them in a hanging display throughout the unit. I could use the interactive dice on the smart board to let the students assign their countries. It would be extra and time consuming but fill in the always extra time they have after completing their country maps.
__________________ Cheryl Rene Ferguson
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I think the music hook will be particularly challenging for me to implement. I enjoy a variety of genres and trying to find a song that is age appropriate and doesn't use harsh language will also pose a challenge. I can see the benefit of using music to create a mood for the lesson/unit or to teach a lesson in poetry. I have used soft music to calm students as they work or adventurous "Lord of the Rings" type music if they were in groups. I think it would be fun to make it part of the lesson.
__________________ Laura Niehues
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The costume hook will be challenging to implement, as I teach young children and don't want to come off as a Mrs. Frizzle. However, costumes such as an explorer's hat to introduce our dinosaur unit, or a chef's uniform to introduce healthy foods would really draw some attention and maintain interest. Also, these costume pieces could be added to our pretend center for the students to use during the unit.
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After giving students an interview at the beginning of the year, I would like to try the student directed hook . Knowing some of the things that might motivate them, would help. My concern is the curriculum and sequence with how it is taught is very directed. I would probably have to incorporate other hooks or options to truly reach a student directed hook given the strict confines of the curriculum. It would be exciting to see how they would want to structure the material delivery and output of their work. I believe this opportunity for student directed learning will open my eyes to new options that my background might have limited for me. This could be a proposal for growth and understanding for all. Since I teach all grade levels, I am sure the degree and options will be amazing. I know the creativity and the expression of their own ideas will help them better enjoy the content.
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I have been thinking about which other hook to try. I think the forbidden hook would create something that the students would want to try. The reality TV show hook is something I think would be fun as well. I am not sure exactly how to go about it, but I think using the Amazing race to go through genres could work. Any ideas please share.
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The Mission Impossible hook sounds fun and challenging! My mind immediately goes to some sort of Sherlock Holmes escape room type thing. I have entertained the idea of doing a cross curriculum mystery before, but we always scrap it because of the simple fact that students in first period would tell the others how to solve it. I think it would be great for teaching inferencing and non-linear plot development. Maybe I could ensure that each class has a fresh experience by drawing the whole thin out over a week and changing little pieces here and there to not only keep it unique, but to catch those kids who will try to cheat (who wants to cheat in a fun game?) I have done enough escape rooms and read enough Sherlock Holmes to make it happen. Thanks for challenging me on this one. My gears are turning on how to make this a reality.