Instructional Practice

Effective Practices

Do Now

I-1, I-5, I-6, I-8

Description

Alerts

Some students won't start immediately. Make sure they know what the expectations are by intentionally rehearsing Do Now tasks, when establishing classroom rules and expectations in the beginning of the school year.

Students will try to work with their classmates while completing the Do Now. Explain that it is an individual activity to check their understanding of a subject or review previously taught content.

Be careful that the Do Now does not become the lesson. A prolonged Do Now will reduce time from other valuable parts of the lesson so keep it short, around five to ten minutes.

Quick Tips

Hold students accountable by using a general rubric that students can use to review the work before submitting.

Be explicit and consistent with the Do Now routine to foster independence and classroom management. A good idea is to post a series of rules or expectations on how to complete the Do Now. 

Resources

Do Now: A Primer

Research

Other Strategies

Icebreakers or Energizers

These are activities that can be completed at the beginning of the day to promote a positive group atmosphere, help students relax, energize and motivate, or help students get to know each other.

Engage/Connect

Engage/Connect is a practice that uses a short introductory activity that captures what is interesting and engaging about the lesson. 

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