A Do Now (also referred to as a Warm-up) is a short activity that is posted in the classroom for students to complete as soon as they enter, as part of an Entry Routine. Students should be able to begin Do Now without any specific instruction, and do so using their own materials. This practice provides a focused activity that typically serves as a review of previous content or triggers students to begin thinking about the new learning for the day. While students are working on a Do Now, it is an ideal time for the teacher to check homework, send attendance, or provide support to specific students with the assurance that students are engaged in self-directed and purposeful work.
- Determine the content students need to review or start thinking about during the Do Now.
- Create a rigorous and engaging assignment that can be completed within a short amount of time without any guidance.
- Post the assignment, clear instructions, and expectations in a spot where all students can see them.
- Give students a time limit to complete the Do Now, and create a signal for them to use that indicates they have completed the activity.
- Provide feedback to students based on the results of the Do Now.