How to deploy a hook that engages as well as entertains
Using hooks to introduce topics can be rewarding – but pupils need to have the background knowledge, says Stella Jones
Every teacher has a metaphorical toolbox with a variety of approaches to help with engagement. But should hooks be one of them? In some quarters, these attention-grabbing introductions are considered a key element of a lesson or series of lessons. In others, they’re written off as unnecessary razzle-dazzle.
How teachers can use hooks in lessons
Tes spoke to associate research school director Stella Jones about how hooks can help or hinder young people’s learning, particularly when those young people come from a disadvantaged background.
Tes: So, what exactly is a hook?
Stella Jones ...