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OPENERS & CLOSERS. IDEAS TO BEGIN AND END WELL UNC Charlotte New Teacher Support Coaches. Openers. “a short introductory moment that captures what’s interesting and engaging about the material and puts it out front” ( Lemov , 2010-Teach Like A Champion).

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openers closers

OPENERS & CLOSERS

IDEAS TO BEGIN AND END WELL

UNC Charlotte New Teacher Support Coaches

NC New Teacher Support Program

openers
Openers
  • “a short introductory moment that captures what’s interesting and engaging about the material and puts it out front” (Lemov, 2010-Teach Like A Champion).
  • Warm-up, bell ringer, starter, opener, hook, welcome work, do now
  • Meant to inspire and excite and prepare students to willingly learn NOT water down material
  • Length of time doesn’t impact effectiveness
  • According to Lemov (2010), they are not necessary for every lesson

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characteristics of openers
Characteristics of Openers
  • Short
  • Yields to the instruction
  • Energetic and Optimistic
  • Consistent-everyday in a consistent patter
  • Productive

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anticipation guides
Anticipation Guides
  • An anticipation guideis a list of statements (not questions) that are related to the topic.
  • Anticipation guides activate students\' prior knowledge and set a purpose for the upcoming lesson.
  • They teach students to make predictions, anticipate the text/topic, and verify their predictions.

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anticipation guide examples
Anticipation Guide Examples

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opener story creation
Opener : Story Creation
  • When beginning a new concept or unit, have a collection of vocabulary words on the board.
  • Students should create a story or start of a story using a suggested number of words in a limited amount of time. They should be as creative as they’d like!
  • Have volunteers share their stories.
  • Now students are already invested in the words when you begin!

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story creation example
Story Creation Example

Directions: Create an original story, using at least 5 of the following words.

Inca Gold Silver Conquer

Rainforests Pizarro Horses Brazil

Peru 30,000 Soldiers Atahualpa

Spain Mountains Andes

Explorers Travel Terrain Ocean

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opener what s going on in the picture
Opener: What’s going on in the Picture??
  • Put a picture on the board of a historic event, scene from a novel, or some visual representation of the lesson that you are going to teach
  • Have students write about what they think is happening in the picture. Give them a time limit and let them be as creative as they want.
  • This is a great way to get students interested in what’s to come (they want to see if they were correct or not) and it also lets you see who might have prior knowledge based on their responses.

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what s going on in the picture example
What’s going on in the picture? Example

Directions: Look at the picture below. Write a description of what you think is happening. What year is it? Who is the person in the picture? Where is this and why is he standing there?

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closers
Closers
  • A way to end your lesson
  • “establishes a productive expectation about daily completed work (Lemov, 2010).
  • Cool downs, bell waiters, exit tickets
  • Helps to measure how well your students learned, not how well you taught
  • Characteristics:
    • Quick-One to three questions
    • Designed to yield data
    • Reflective and make good Starters for the next day!

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closer 3 2 1 slips
Closer: 3-2-1 Slips
  • 3 things I learned in class:

1.

2.

3.

  • 2 questions I still have:

1.

2.

  • 1 comment about class today:

1.

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closer reflection journal
Closer: Reflection Journal
  • Teachers know that reflection is important so we should also teach our students to do the same.
  • Have students keep an in class notebook that they can pick up at the beginning of class, or have a student pass them out.
  • At the end of class give students five minutes to reflect on what they learned that day. Feel free to give guiding questions to help them.
  • Students can put their journals back in a designated spot on their way out

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closer inside outside circle talk
Closer: Inside-Outside Circle Talk
  • Involves the entire class moving around the room sharing information.
  • Students form 2 circles: inside and outside circles.
  • Students pair up with someone across from them.
  • They ask each other questions from the lesson. Each student asks and answers one question.
  • The teacher says rotate and the outside circle moves so new partners are formed.

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your thoughts ideas
Your Thoughts/Ideas?
  • What are your favorite ways to open and close a class?
  • What difficulties do you have?
  • Resources: http://bttoolbox.pbworks.com/w/page/58123415/Teacher%20Toolbox
  • Questions, comments, or concerns?
  • We thank you for your participation!

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