TT004 What your first assignment of the year should include (Chalk & Awe)

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Your first assignment sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Colin and Michelle talk about the importance of starting with an assignment that is engaging, fun, and challenging, and give examples of what that could look like for your class.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:43]
  • How to start your lessons in the first week of school [1:20]
  • Examples of “chalk and awe” activities and assignments [1:32]
  • How to reduce assignment anxiety at the start of the year [2:23]
  • How to make your first assignment act as a “diagnostic” pre-assessment [3:50]
  • Why it’s valuable to have an individual and group component to the assignment [4:28]
  • Using the first assignment to assess content knowledge [5:52]
  • Why you should take your time with the first assignment [6:56]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [7:56]
  • Why teaching is the best form of learning [8:56]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to [9:39]
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