Teaching is a little like fishing. You have to be very patient but if you stick with it long enough, there are huge rewards.
Usually the hardest part is setting the hook just right.
In the classroom we often feel like we are fishing without a hook, trying every strategy we can to get kids excited, asking questions and taking learning seriously. Despite our noble efforts, we fall short many times. It’s usually not that our lesson was poorly conceived as a whole; it’s that we never got started in the right direction and so things just sort of… fizzled out.
So what is the best way to set that hook?
Bring in a little philosophy.