It’s Starting! … Are you Ready?

So, you’re trying to get used to navigating the right way through starting the lesson. It can be daunting! There’s the red “enter” button, the 3-minute countdown, the little koala bear face coming on, and then the long inhale before you start.

Start and say hello?……

Right??….and then???……

Of course, there’s lesson to teach, but how do you go from the spinning panda bear face to teaching it?

Well, you start with giving a little warmth and happiness to the lesson. The student first needs to judge for themselves that they trust you.

Some top important Start Sessions tips are having GOOD ENERGY, a fun activity, and establishing a good reward system.

The student should have fun! We want good vibes flowing from the start.

SO, LET’S TAKE IT FROM THE TOP: from the moment you turn the camera on to start.

 

ENERGY AND MOOD

It’s ok to be nervous but remember to be yourself. Your natural, happy demeanor and smile is best! Sometimes nerves try to take over, our fear gets the better of us, and…

…then we look like this. Weeeird!

Relax…just be your genuine, kind self. You’re awesome!

Introduce yourself, say hello. I always ask them “how are you?”, I believe that’s just good manners.

Energy and sincerity are key.

 

Check out my friendly greeting here.

https://youtu.be/mcypMdzWThA

See, that’s it.

Now let the games begin!

Activity time!

After a brief introduction, a fun activity is the ideal way to start. It should be something that’s interactive and promotes open thought.

 

Here’s a few common warm-ups:

It’s good to know a few kinds of these games. If you get to class in a rush, you can always do these.

  1. Free association – when I say (_____) what do you think of?

The consultant picks something and asks student to think of all the words they can that relate to it.

  1. Picture pull– You load a picture onto a blank page, perhaps relevant to the lesson. Ask the student what they see or help them identify new things. Make it funny, creative, lighthearted, or fun.
  2. Word games like an acrostic activity. These are easy and students usually respond well to the activity. It works with any level, get creative!

Watch me do an acrostic with a group class here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm4wFeoneGU&feature=youtu.be

TIPS ABOUT WARM-UPS:

  • Keep it fun!!
  • It should not last more than 3 minutes
  • Find new ideas posted regularly in the iTG blog and think of your own!
  • Keep a list of good warm up ideas. You can refer to it in a pinch.

 

REWARD: Twice is nice

The end of the activity is a perfect time to establish the reward system. Start with the “bling” of the Star Rewards.

 

Using your own rewards adds extra personality to your lesson. Here’s my whiteboard ice-cream building reward system from start to finish (I also have a cheeseburger)!!

Reward them for doing an amazing job and you’re off to a great start!

The student is happy, and you’ve established the mood of the classroom.

You’ve also established that you’re an awesome teacher!

NOW…It’s time to begin the lesson.

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Adam Dannreuther
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Adam Dannreuther

Thank you – I love all the ideas you have suggested – I think a good introduction really help sets the tone of a successful lesson

Silke
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Silke

Thanks for those great tips! When the seconds are counting down, I always pretend I’m an actress waiting for the clapperboard and someone shouting “Action!” and I take a deep breath and put on a big smile. 😄 And I’m ….. REAAAADY!

Greta Trevino
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Greta Trevino

Very useful tips! Keeping the warm up activities fun and creative will make the class go smoother and create a better more willing learning environment. Thank you!

Sharmaine Calimlim
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Sharmaine Calimlim

Thank you for this useful video, Teacher Brianna! It is really important to build rapport on the first part of the lesson. Make the students feel comfortable in your classroom by greeting them nicely with energy and enthusiasm. When I was teaching demo classes from my previous company, I always get sign ups by being energetic and fun. I usually use 2 or 3 rewards to make the student feel more motivated on answering questions. One reward for correct answers and one reward for wrong answers. Those rewards helped them understand that making mistakes is okay. The teacher will guide… Read more »

Cesar S
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Cesar S

Thank you for sharing, these are great ideas to implement! 🙂

Kristina
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Kristina

Great ideas! Thanks! 🙂

Parin Waljee
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Parin Waljee

good tips. marvelous! I will try.

MIloš S
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MIloš S

Great ideas! Thanks!

Alexander Ronald
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Alexander Ronald

I hope one of these talking about the end of the class is coming up…

Gregory Fallis
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Gregory Fallis

“Introduce yourself, say hello. I always ask them “how are you?”, I believe that’s just good manners.” Couldn’t agree more.

Brad Collier
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Brad Collier

Great ideas. Thanks!

Elvis Tejada
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Elvis Tejada

I’m glad to see many of my own tecniques are being recommended

Nikola Sipic
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Nikola Sipic

Some of these tips are pretty amazing, although I am already using most of them. ^_^

Melinda Johnston
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Melinda Johnston

What an awesome blog! I really enjoyed the tips :). Thank-you1