Find out what your learners know, don’t know, or want to know. Or to ‘warm up’ or prepare people for what is coming next. For example, you could ask each person to write down his or her definition of a term that you will be addressing in an upcoming lesson. Collect the cards. Depending on class size, you don’t have to promise to read all of them, but perhaps a sample. When you get to the class or lesson that involves that term, you might give some examples from the index cards, or shuffle them up and hand them out. Once you put the term up, ask for a show of hands: “How many of you think what is written on the index card is correct?” and go on from there. This can be a great way to show people how close they were, or how completely incorrect they were (either way, promoting interest in the lesson that is about to start.)
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