The use of a short video clip that addresses the relevance of the lesson topic, or tells a compelling story that illustrates its importance can be a great way to connect students to a lesson. You can find engaging videos on sites such as TED and Big Think and can shorten video clips using TubeChop and YTCropper in order to make them a more manageable length for a Connection Activity.

You may wish to ask your students some reflecting questions about the video. Here are some question examples for a video on metacognition:

  • What strategies do you think you are currently using to support metacognitive knowledge?
  • What strategies do you think you could be using to support metacognitive knowledge?
  • What strategies do you want to learn more about to support metacognitive knowledge?