Frame your Do Now so that it provides an opportunity for students to access what they already know about the topic.

Example:

Do Nows can be anticipatory set, exploratory phase,  or preparation for work.

In an elementary lesson about two-digit multiplication a Do Now could be as follows:

2 x 9 = ___    18 + 17 =

In a secondary social studies class, a Do Now could simply ask students to reflect on what they learned previously, as follows:

What do you already know about Martin Luther King, Jr.?

In this case, the two skills that are required to move forward are activated before they are combined.

Further Reading:

Edutopia – Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom?

Creativitypost –  What is the Connection Between Prior Knowledge and Learning?

 


Written by Louis Olander
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett and Kathy Furlong Silverio

 

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