Every great presenter uses what they refer to as a “hook.” The hook is what they use to grab their audience’s attention at the beginning of their presentations. What makes a great presenter is how quickly one captures their audience.
We can use this “hook” concept in the classroom. How we begin our classes has a huge impact on its success. As a matter of fact, you have about 60 seconds to capture student’s attention. Yep, 60 seconds. If we fail at grabbing their attention, regardless how interesting our lessons or the content may be, we will more than likely lose them. The real question is how are you using those precious 60 seconds? Are you still busy setting up your classroom? Do you simply tell your students to open their textbooks to a specific page? Or do you find yourself sitting at your desk sipping your morning coffee?
To help us get the true sense of how powerful our openings are, all you need to do is observe your students at the beginning of class. Do you have their undivided attention or are they still chit-chatting or falling asleep? You see, your student’s actions will be a good indicator how effective your “hook” is.
Try these helpful tips to help you grab the attention of your students:
When you begin your lessons with powerful openings, you inform and excite your students. By gaining your student’s attention, you will see increased student retention of the material and continue to develop and build a sincere rapport with your learners.