Having a strong sense of continuity between lessons is essential. If each lesson feels disconnected from the last, it can leave the student a sense that the course is going nowhere and there’s no overarching plan. There are many benefits to giving ample time and attention to review activities and homework at the start of a lesson:

Reinforces Learning:

  • Retention: Regular review helps reinforce what students have previously learned, improving retention and long-term memory.

    Builds Confidence:

    • Familiarity: Revisiting familiar material can boost students’ confidence, as they recognize and recall information they have already learned.

     

  • Identifies Gaps in Knowledge:
    • Assessment: Reviewing past lessons helps the teacher assess students’ understanding and identify areas where they may be struggling.
    • Clarification: It provides an opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings or confusion before introducing new concepts

Creates Connections:

  • Integration: Reviewing previous lessons helps students make connections between old and new material, integrating their learning into a cohesive whole. Ideally, the student should be naturally using some of the new words/grammar from their previous lesson into their current lesson.

1. Recalling the last lesson

Make it a habit to check recall of the last lesson. In this clip Adam of course has already checked what the previous teacher had done in both the Excel and in the lesson@ inbox, but its more effective to first ask the student to get the mind working to remember what they learned. This also helps to encourage the habit of the student reviewing the slides from the previous lesson before their next. Adam also intentionally mentioned Bri’s name as the previous teacher, again demonstrating that we as teachers are communicating and working together to ensure continuity for the student.

2. Reviewing Vocabulary from the Previous Lesson during Introductory Small Talk

Reviewing previous lessons doesn’t have to be simply looking at the previous slides. By checking the last lesson beforehand, you can both prepare some icebreaker questions using those words and make an effort to keep them in mind. By having them at the forefront of your mind, you can pose a question using those previous words at any point throughout the lesson. Here, Adam poses a question using ‘demanding’, which was a key word in the previous lesson.