If you teach evening classes when everyone is tired from a busy work week, try this technique for getting your students into "class-mode."
Ask three questions at the beginning of class:
- The first question should be non-subject related. Historical, geographical, or other trivia questions work well.
- The second question should be subject-related, but not directly related to the material being covered in this particular class.
- The last question should be directly related to the topic you will talk about in class.
(Source: Sonja Pippin, Dept. of Accounting & Information Systems)