Do you consider yourself to be a salesperson? This online PD offers suggestions on how to sell a lesson. I like the idea of presenting a discrepant event to grab students' interest and I also like the demonstration idea.
These teachers are very enthusiastic about teaching history and their video is an excellent example of how a bit of creativity hooks students and sets the groundwork for the lesson. Students enjoy mysteries so the idea to use a student's note works well here.
I love the idea of "hook stations" because it places importance on the role a "hook" has in students' learning processes. The teacher in here makes a great point about making expectations clear to students prior to their participation in the "hook stations." I like how the students rotate through the stations. In this way, they are exposed to multiple hooks.
Engage your students with a quick activity to inspire critical and reflective thinking. Here, the teacher asks students to agree or disagree with a statement and move to one side of the room based on their decision; therefore, the kids are physically and mentally involved in the lesson. The teacher may cold call to draw in reluctant students and use the activity to check for understanding.
This straightforward video explains the benefits of a "Do Now" to engage students at the beginning of class. "Do Nows" are great for classroom management, review of previous lessons, and a hook for the day's learning. Watch this teacher to see how he keeps students on task with a "Do Now."
Theoretically, hooks make sense for lesson designs. It is important to know why and how they are important as well as a method for creating them specific to subject matter or for motivation in general.