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I have a challenge for you...

Choose A DIFFERENT hook from pages 87-137 (that you didn't choose for question #3) that you may think would be challenging to implement in your classroom.
Describe how you could implement this in your classroom next year. BE CREATIVE! Give details! Maybe check out some of your fellow book circle members' responses to help inspire you.

I'm really enjoying reading each of your responses. You are all AWESOME educators!

Maggie Susong
ATPE Member Engagement Coordinator

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The Teaser Hook

- I don't think it will be necessary be hard as much as it will be time consuming. This hook will take extra time to plan and work on; however, I see it really boosting the overall engagement of my students.
- I love the idea about creating a Facebook fan page to promote lessons with growing anticipation.
- An easy way to use this hook is to create a page for students to access. For example, if we were doing a novel study, I could find or create a book trailer on YouTube about the particular book we are going to read and post it to the site a week or two before we beginning reading the novel. 
- On top of posting a teaser/trailer online, I could create an in class trailer with me being the salesperson the Friday before the week we begin the novel study. Not only do the students get to enjoy a trailer online to boost anticipation, but I can build students suspense by telling them to watch out for Friday where there will be an exclusive preview for the new novel!

Lauren Milam


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Music is a part of life.  While everyone has their own styles of music that they listen to or like, I think it would be really cool to challenge math students to make music with equations.  Since I am a high school inclusion teacher (retired) I could see music being used to explain the various closed shape formulas.  It would definitely require my students to use critical thinking skills and think out of the box.  If they dug into sound physics I believe they could bring their music into math formlae.
Sanna Roling

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The least likely hook I would use, student directed hook. I know this is rather anti-21st century however its my class sizes. I typically have between 35- 52 ELEMENTARY age kids and they can't handle that much freedom. I do, after we have well established classroom routines/procedures and rapport built, break them into small groups to do compositions and such but this takes time and I still have a % of students not participate that I can't hold accountable because the structure doesn't allow it. 
I do build in some choices so the students have the opportunity to have ownership of material. 

Jenny Todd

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I have my students create role plays and come to the front of the room and perform them.  It is a regular part of my class.  The book provides the role play set-ups, which I can modify, but they are too far apart.  The text has wonderfully interesting historical readings about events and people from the Middle Ages.  I think I will try to get the students to do an historical reenactment (aka role play) with costumes and/or props.  I have encouraged this in the role plays, but since they are modern day role plays, the extent of the props was two chairs for a car.  I think "swords", period helmets, and the like would make the role plays from the Middle Ages more fun.  Maybe colored butcher paper (grey for mail armor and gold for crowns, for example) could be provided.
Teresa Tuggle

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Due to the fact that in PE the class size normally hovers around 100 students in the gym at one time, I would normally not choose to implement the "dance and drama" hook.  Allowing so many students to break off into groups to implement a dance/drama routine on their own will be an organizational challenge, to say the least.  Having said that, because dance is one of the most physically challenging, and enjoyable, exercises; it would certainly lend itself to a PE class.  This could be developed into a dance competition that would be viewed by the school.  The students could be grouped into teams of 30 or so.  Since I generally have two teachers aides available, each group could be managed by one of the instructors, to give guidance.  The students would develop a dance routine that incorporates a storyline, to add drama.  This could actually become an annual "dance off" competition that the entire school would look forward to.  I like it!
Rita Wilcox

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I would like to incorporate "The Real-World Application Hook" more into my classes.  I teach 8th through 12th grade math at a discipline alternative school and I often receive the question "when am I ever going to use this?"  This can be a tough question to answer sometimes.  Unfortunately, sometimes the answer is to get your high school diploma.  I don't know that they ever will need to find a missing angle of a triangle using sine, cosine, or tangent.  I'd like to incorporate more investigation assignments where we do find math in the real world and find jobs that these skills are needed.
Jennifer Goedken

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The safari hook is very challenging for me.  I teach 4 year olds.  Often, my class is their first experience with organized group activities.  Because my students learn best through hands on experiences, the safari hook can make a big impression, however, class management is difficult when you remove the physical barriers to running!  During the fall semester, I usually keep traveling outside our room to a minimum.  This serves two purposes, one: safety and two: student adjustment.  By second semester, the students are beginning to be able to have more impulse control and can focus on a specific point.  One of my favorite safari activities with my students is a "field trip" to observe nature.  Many of my students live in areas where there is a lot of concrete.  They don't get many opportunities to appreciate the natural world.  My school is near a green belt.  We can sit on school grounds and watch and listen to the "woods."  We get to talk about what they hear and see.  It is always interesting to me that it takes some students a while to figure out what is "natural."  They will note familiar items like the building and cars and ignore the trees.  We get the opportunity to discuss what makes items natural and what makes items man made.  I usually ask them to record their observations by drawing a picture.  At some point later that day, we revisit the pictures they have drawn and they can share their observations with the class.  It is usually a wonderful experience for the students. 

There are challenges: some students still can't focus and are involved in their own (off topic) activity, some students still try to "run" or "play" (after all, we are outside), it takes a HUGE amount of time to move a group of 22 four yr olds from one area to a "new" area and it can be difficult to manage our schedule to accommodate this time requirement or to justify the extra time to our program supervisor.  It can be truly exhausting for me.  Sometimes, it is tempting to take the easy way out and just show pictures on the projector (especially when you have "THAT" student), but Burgess comments about engagement and learning trade offs help me feel more confident that the time "on safari" is well spent.

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I would like to use the involved audience hook.  Teaching Office skills to the young adults I work with is mostly about acceptable behavior on the job (employability skills).  I try to make my classroom more of an office setting. The program is self-paced with new students with varying skills entering every week.  I’ve been assigning a student who sat near the front and was full-time in trade as “classroom greeter” for visitors or management who stopped by.  Invariably, that person forgot or was out at the time.  Now I’d like to try having an “Office Manager” and perhaps other positions with specific responsibilities.  The Office Manager could be responsible for making sure other positions are filled and doing their jobs.  They would be the greeter or could assign it. 

We go on monthly field trips to businesses and we have speakers come in at least once a month.  I’ve been randomly assigning students to prepare an article for our newsletter and get pictures.  That could be “minutes” for a secretary to take or assign.  I have a student who makes sure that we sweep, mop, and clean desks at least once a week.  That could be our facilities manager.  We could have an IT manager to try basic fixes when equipment fails and then contact our IT department if needed.  That person would also be responsible for projector set up when speakers have presentations.  I could have a trainer, rather than myself, who is responsible for new students – introducing them to the curriculum, the materials, and computer programs we use.  They could also make sure new students get their initial certifications.

This is the first time I’ve been able to go beyond the idea of an Office Manager.  I have a chart at the entrance of the room with names, percent in trade, and goals for the week.  I could put their positions on the chart as well.  I think I can do this!



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I'd like to use the Student Hobby Hook in my Math class to make data representation more interesting. We can do a survey of the students and use their answers to create the different graphs to display. To make it even more interesting, we could survey all of the students in our middle school and set up our graphs in our Student Center. I would divide the classes into groups of 3 or 4 students to make sure all students had the opportunity to get involved. In my opinion, this would be a great way to start the new school year off because this activity would be a good way to review basic math skills as well as begin with something fun & personal.

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When I taught preschool science, the "techno whiz hook" would have been hard to implement.  The school did not have any technology equipment for students to use.  In order to make it happen I could bring my personal iPad.  I could divide the kids into small groups and have various stations around the room.  I've had stations before, but with that age group, and only seeing the kids for 15 minutes twice a week (and not having my own classroom), it was not easy.

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The Costume Hook:

     I would try the costume hook and dress like a story / book character or a historical character.  I would invite my students to dress like a character from a story / book or from a certain historical period.  I would have to request special permission since there is a student dress code that requires a specific uniform to be worn.  I think this would be a fun away to encourage and develop the love of reading.


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Two hooks that I have not used but sound intriguing and seem to be easy to implement are The Opportunistic Hook and The Board Message Hook. I think I will start the year by using the Opportunistic Hook to bring current events that fit the topics we are covering in Science and Social Studies. My students often wonder about the past and how the past relates to today's world. I am going to start searching for images/phrases to project as students enter my class. I cannot wait to see how the images/phrases pique their curiosity. I am hopeful using the Board Message Hook each day will help focus my students thoughts and discussions.

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I will have to look at the storytelling hook. I could possibly tell a story about one of the paintings that Is thought to be the origin story of it . Or perhaps the story of the artist who created it when they created it. For instance their are lots of stories about then go vangogh and his love of yellow paint. Or I could see what stories are behind the scream.
Lacey Griffith :) 

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The Costume Hook

I think this hook would require me to step farther out of my comfort zone than the other hooks. I do not have a classroom of my own, but I would try to co-teach with another teacher and present a lesson in costume or at the very least an accessory. I also thought that as an Instructional Coach, I might dress up in some type of lab coat or scrubs in order to "prescribe" some type of PD for the staff.

The Backwards Hook
This hook would require a great deal of planning. I think it would work well in a Science experiment. The teacher could conduct the experiment as a demonstration and then challenge students to select from a variety of supplies that would allow them to reach the same end result.

Cathy Holladay
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