First slide

You put an interesting first slide on the screen that will raise questions. When the students come into class, they can already start thinking about it.
  • Pairs
  • Small groups (3-10)
  • Large groups (>10)
  • <5 minutes
  • 5-10 minutes
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Discussion
  • Apply
  • Analyse

When to use it?

  • When you want to prompt students to think, activate prior knowledge, and increase their engagement right from the start of the lecture.

Activity instructions


  • Choose a question or statement that is related to the lecture’s topic.
  • Find a picture, or another visual addition, that would be related to the topic.

Activity steps

  1. Add the slide
    Put the picture and the question/statement on the slide.
  2. Present the slide
    Present the slide at the start or even before the lecture, so students can already think about it.
  3. Discuss
    Ask whether there are volunteers who want to share their thoughts. If there are no volunteers, choose a couple of students yourself.
  4. Connect
    Try to connect the content of the lecture with the question and answers from the students.

Tips for implementation & variation

  • Online teaching: Students can put their answers in the chat of the video lecture tool or you can create a PresentersWall quiz (e.g. students can vote on the right answer or they can create a wordcloud). This way, everyone will be able to express themselves equally, even those who might feel anxious about talking in class.
  • You can also choose to display either a picture or a question. By showing only a picture, you can also stimulate students to think about what is today’s topic. However, with this variation, you need to choose a picture that fits very well with the topic and can stimulate students to think.

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