This week I learned that you have to catch their attention immediately. You can’t waste time with elephants or monkeys. They don’t care and they especially don’t care about what we like. These are the basics of human behavior. They only care about the stuff they like. Elephants and monkeys are effective in bizarre scenarios, but if they are the main characters you will lose the students — unless the monkey or elephant is named after someone they care about.
Anyway, the point is that we only have a small window to catch our students and if we do not, we lose them for the rest of the period. We can’t waste any time in the beginning of the story and must personalize.