The anticipatory set is an activity that creates focus and sparks the attention of the class for the lesson that will follow. It is the hook, lead, or set induction. It is utilized at the beginning of a unit or lesson, where students complete a short activity to pique their interest and build prior knowledge.
“Affinity mapping gives us a sense of where most people’s thinking is focused. Use an affinity diagram when you want to find categories within a cluster of ideas and when you want to see which ideas are most common within the group.”
Chromebook integration and the anticipatory set; create a connection with your lesson.
- Select a key video or audio clip, photo, comic, article, or website related to the topic and upload to Google Classroom, Canvas, Padlet, etc.for students to respond to.
- Present a connected discussion question on your Google Classroom homepage or in your class Canvas Discussion forum.
- Digitally poll your students. Provide an analogy, story, or scenario that relates to your topic.
- Provide T/F statements for your students to predict answers to.
- Make a screencast where you tell a story. Having a screencast clip makes sure all learners have access to the lesson hook, even those who are absent.
- Have students design something digitally.