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Remember the saying ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’? Whoever wrote it was obviously aware of the sheer carnage often created as a result of a poor lesson opener.

If you lose your pupils in the first 2 minutes you’ll spend the next 58 minutes trying to get them back. Unless you get their attention from the outset, the rest of the lesson is going to be, at best, very difficult.

In this section we present a variety of strategies and activities to grab the attention of your students and get them involved from the very start of the lesson.

In our GENERIC STARTERS section you will find activities, ideas and ready-made resources which can be adapted to fit almost any subject area. We are constantly expanding this area and will also be adding SUBJECT-SPECIFIC STARTERS in the near future too. Our ENVELOPE STARTERS provide a kinaesthetic way of introducing material to a group and in INSTANT CONNECTIONS you’ll discover ways of getting students to start talking and thinking about the lesson topic straight away.

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