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Lesson planning: Knock-out pupils with a double hook

The idea of using a hook in our lessons has been around for some time – whether that be an engaging hook to draw in pupils or a subsumptive hook to link prior learning to new material. Andrew Jones offers some ideas for combining both
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Earlier this year, Doug Lemov published the third edition of his highly successful Teach Like A Champion, which explains numerous tried and tested teaching strategies (Lemov, 2022).

Teach Like A Champion is, of course, immensely popular and is regularly referenced by teacher trainers, CPD leads and in articles and blogs like this. It also seems omnipresent on #edutwitter.

However, despite the third edition being as useful as previous ones, I was disappointed to see that technique 12 from the first edition is missing from the latest, as it was from the second iteration.

For those without a copy of the original, technique 12 was called “hook” – which is a short and engaging activity that grabs pupils’ attention prior to the lesson or sequence of learning tasks.

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