We always here that the start of your lesson is the most important. What is our hook? How can we catch our studnets attentions? What will make this interestng for the students? As of right now, I agree, a good hook is very important to a good lesson. With that being said, I feel like there are aspects of a lesson that are more important. Such as the brainstorming or “we do” section of the lesson so students can get an idea of what is being asked of them in the lesson.
I think a big part of this depends on what you are trying to set the stage of. For example, in Jan Richards’ Setting the Stage for Engagement, we find out that smiles, heart, and materials are the most important parts of setting the stage for engagement. Without a smile on the teachers face, the students will not feel a sense of happiness within the lesson. Without heart, or loving what you are teaching, the students will feel that and feel the same way the teacher does about the subject.
On the ASCD website, they explain that while 2 minutes may not be the most important of a lesson, 2 minutes can be the foundation to a meaningful relationship between a student and their teacher. If you try to connect with each student for 2 minutes each every day and do this every day for a couple weeks, the relationship will begin to form.
On the CRLT website, they talk about the most effective ways to layout a lesson plan to prepare for the best lesson. They do mention having a relate-able introduction to bring the students in and interested in what is going to be taught. However, they mentioned many more important aspects of lessons besides just this.
Lastly, when researching on the Education World’s website, the focus was setting the stage as well. However, in this case it was specific to meaningful play. The solution? Having a prop box.
So, is the first 2 minutes of a lesson the most important for setting the stage? I think, while it depends what you are setting the stage for, I believe this is not necessarily the case. It is in fact very important but I think involving students in exploring the lesson together later in the lesson is more important to the layout of the rest of the lesson!