An anticipatory set engages students from the beginning and is necessary for learning and a happy classroom environment. The question is how do we engage students so that they are curious and motivated to learn? The answer lies within the planning and execution of your anticipatory set. Once you have identified your unit and lesson objectives it is important to spend time thinking about the big picture. Your anticipatory set will set the stage for learning for the entire unit.
At the beginning of a unit is a great time to plan that real attention grabbing activity. Then the anticipatory sets for the following lessons can be engaging but do not have to be as elaborate as the one you should plan for introducing the unit. Before we move on to HOW to plan an anticipatory set, let’s look at the components of one.