What is #WarmUpWednesdays?
-#WarmUPWednesdays provides teachers with simple warm up activities to get their class thinking critically about their learning and motivate students to be active learners.
-Students will actively be engaged in creative writing, expressing the student’s thoughts on a specific topic.
-Guided by the Teacher, students will conduct an open discussion about their thoughts on the featured segment.
-Students will need a writing utensil and paper. If this will be a weekly activity, a notebook is suggested for students to keep all of their quick writes in.
-Every post will supply the featured segment as an image, auditory piece or quote
How it works, in 5 easy steps.
- Teachers, allow your students 30secs to 1min to view the image, audio clip, or quote provided on the post.
- After your students have viewed the image, audio clip, or quote, allow them to conduct a 5min quick write answering the topic question provided on the post. (Don’t know what a quick write is? Click on our quick write link on the blog for more info)
- After the 5mins are up, students are to stop writing and are no longer to add to their papers.
- Teachers, engage your students in a guided discussion calling on a few students to share their thoughts on the featured segment.
- Share your #WarmUPWednesday experience by sharing a photo of quick writes on social media.
Step 1: Make a Hypothesis:
Students – Before you view today’s images, consider the following. Every few years, a global organization, the OECD, conducts an international student assessment in the areas of math, reading, and science among 15-year-old students. Based on the results, the OECD ranks the performance of all the countries. You are going to see the results for math, science, and reading from 2012. But before you do, take a moment and write down your guess for where the United States ranks in each of the three subjects (math, science, and reading) out of a total of 37 countries.
Step 2: View the 2012 Rankings:
Let’s see how your hypotheses measured up to the 2012 rankings!
These are the 2012 Reading scores for boys. Out of the 37 countries on this chart, the United States ranks 16th. This is only slightly above the average of all the countries.
Now look at the 2012 Reading scores for girls. The United States ranks 16th out of 37 countries. While boys in the US read above the international average, girls in the US read below the international average.
These are the 2012 Science scores for boys. The United States ranks 22nd out of 37 – below the international average.
These are the 2012 Science scores for girls. The United States ranks 19th out of 37 countries. This is below the international average. However, girls in the US rank higher in science than boys in the US.
These are the 2012 scores in Mathematics for boys. The United States ranks 27th out of 37 countries. This is well below the international average.
Finally, consider the 2012 Mathematics scores for girls. The United States ranks 25th out of 37 countries. This is well below the international average. However, as with science, girls in the US outperform their male counterparts when it comes to mathematics.
Step 3: Reflect:
Now that you have viewed the results, take a few minutes to reflect on what you have seen. How do these scores make you feel about education in the United States? How accurate were your predictions? What do you think makes other countries different from the US that allows them to rank much higher?
Thank you for participating in HUGS #WarmUPWednesdays! Share your photos on social media! We can’t wait to see them!. If you have questions or want to develop curriculum with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OECD (2015). Mathematics performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015.
OECD (2015). Reading performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015
OECD (2015). Science performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015.