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Explanation of Tool

    • Think about the topic and learning target(s) of an upcoming lesson.
    • Design an engaging question or activity (a hook) that you can use to introduce the overall topic and/or specific learning goal. 
    • Present your hook at the outset of the lesson or unit.  Invite students to think about it and then share their responses.
    • Collect and summarize students' responses.
    • Connect the question or activity that students just completed (the hook), along with students' responses, to the content and/or learning target(s) of the lesson you're about to teach.  This connection is called a "bridge."
    • Use a variety of different hooks to maximize student engagement.