You can find many resources about Anticipatory Sets (a.k.a. “hooks”) from credible online sources, including RESEARCH and EXAMPLES. Check them out, then TRY some out!
When applied effectively, anticipatory sets are powerful both in terms of supporting classroom management (routines and procedures) AND through enhancing instructional interactions (rapport, rigor, and relevance). The key is that qualifier: “When applied effectively . . .”
John Maresca, from Grand Canyon University, describes this issue in further detail:
“Many anticipatory sets miss the point. Simply telling students what they’re learning that day won’t interest them (unless the topic itself is that exciting to them); it’s best to think of a strategy that encourages engagement . . .”
Here’s a nifty video that provides more ideas and suggestions:
Teachers, what are YOUR best ways to engage students and catalyze learning?
Maybe you call it something other than a teaser, anticipatory set or hook. What are your most impactful strategies or examples?
Speaking of TEASERS and ANTICIPATION, look for many more posts in the future about my upcoming BOOK, Teaching Is for Superheroes!