The lesson or activity we did in class today reminded me of (write what it reminded you of and explain the connection between the two)
I am going to be honest here, this is the single most powerful question I have found for myself professionally. In a similar manner that I “recycle” ideas from other teachers and professionals, I use student responses to give me insight to connections to use for students. Using student responses- I plan lessons, activities, projects. It gives me a gateway into activating their prior knowledge on topics, and providing students this type of access seems to improve interest and engagement.
We can learn from anyone, listen to your students- they are a wealth of ideas.