#5 of 6 HTH Structures
Entry activities are routines that teachers use at the beginning of class to engage students quickly. Most HTH teachers have a clear daily agenda that prepares students for the day ahead. Many also create a warm-up activity that focuses students on a writing, drawing, or problem-solving task. Other teachers create a daily ritual that builds community among the students.
Bobby Shaddox (6th Grade Humanities) prepares students for the day ahead with an extremely clear agenda.
Patrick Yurick (9th Grade Multimedia) introduces the Daily Greeting, a community building ritual that gives every student a chance to voice how they are feeling each day.
Tara Giannini (10th Grade Art) introduces the Community Circle, a daily opening ritual that helps the students build a strong sense of community
FIRST Thing: The I-Write
Kay Flewelling (9th grade Humanities) has a different FIRST thing for each day of the week. (F = Free, I = I-write, R = Read, S = Sketch, and T = Talk). Here, she gives clear instructions for an I-Write to start off her class.
FIRST Thing: Sharing Sketches
After Kay Flewelling’s 9th Grade Humanities students complete their FIRST Thing sketches, they routinely share their work with each other using a two-step process.
Ted Cuevas (9th Grade Physics/Math) uses a First Thought to get his students’ brains moving at the beginning of class.
TBritt Shirk (9th Grade Humanities) has a different daily warm-up for each day of the week. (D = Discuss, A = Analyze, I = Investigate, L = Look, and Y = Yelp).