An anticipatory set is an activity designed to focus your students’ attention on a particular lesson, before that lesson begins. This activity may take the form of a question, a problem you present to students, a creative introduction you provide, and so on.
An anticipatory set is sometimes called a hook, an advance organizer, or set induction.
Dr. Madeline Hunter first coined the term, anticipatory set, in the 1960s. Although traditionally used in preK-12 classrooms, research suggests that anticipatory sets improve retention and student engagement, regardless of grade level. This module will cover background on anticipatory sets, and how you can use them in your classes.