Teaching Strategies beginning and ending class

Beginning and Ending Class Like a Pro with Brian Sztabnik

The four minutes beginning and ending class matter most according to teacher Brian Sztabnik. Today we talk about how to make the most of those valuable minutes.  How you handle these minutes may just determine whether you’re a good teacher or a great one. Sure, there's lots of reasons for starting class slowly or ending early. The great ones to do neither.

Brian Sztabnick beginning and ending class

The great ones make use of the four minutes at the beginning of class and those four minutes at the end. But what should you do? Today we talk with Brian Sztabnik, about these critical times in the classroom.

Essential Questions: Teaching Strategies: Why the First and Last Four Minutes Matter Most with Brian Sztabnik

  • What are some engaging ways you can start class tomorrow?
  • What are some powerful ways a writing or composition class can begin the class period?
  • How can you end on an up note?
  • If you really do have to end class early and have a few extra minutes, what you should actually be doing with the students yourself (instead of grading at your desk.)
  • Ideas for tweeting in the classroom without having access to Twitter

Brian Sztabnik four minutes beginning and ending class

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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