Working on the Beginnings and the Endings

by Kristie Burk

“John Irving, the author of The Cider House Rules, begins with his last sentence: ‘I write the last line, and then I write the line before that. I find myself writing backwards for a while, until I have a solid sense of how that ending sounds and feels. You have to know what your voice sounds like at the end of the story, because it tells you how to sound when you begin.’

That is the crux of lesson planning right there — endings and beginnings. If we fail to engage students at the start, we may never get them back. If we don’t know the end result, we risk moving haphazardly from one activity to the next. Every moment in a lesson plan should tell.” – Brian Sztabnik

I loved this article by Brian Sztabnik called “The 8 Minutes That Matter Most.” In it, he gives some great tips on making the beginnings and endings of your classroom lessons “magical” both with and without the use of technology.  Check it out and let us know what you think at


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