I will be teaching a new school this fall, which means learning new terms. Instead of having learning objectives, I will have aims. Instead of warm-up activities, I will have do now activities. I had no idea what a “do now” was, so I had to do some investigating. I found some creative ideas for do now activities, and I thought I would share them here.
I think the key thing I read was that the “do now” should be engaging to the learner; it should be something that piques the students’ interest. I especially liked one idea that suggested putting a quote on the board and asking the students to reflect on it. I just read “El alquimista” and there are some very interesting lines in it that I could use. I believe an unusual photo or artwork would also be a good starter, or maybe a piece of realia from the target culture.
The following article is a more philosophical look at the “do now” and what the writer calls a “hook.” I love education jargon.🙂 http://thelensnola.org/2012/06/19/reset-the-hook-dunbar-op-ed/
If I understand correctly, a “do now” should be tied directly to the day’s learning aims. In the past, I have not been that specific with my warm-up activities. They might be review from a previous unit, or simply something fun related to the target language. I will have to be more deliberate with my starter activities from now on.