Many teachers write the standard for the day on the board. Students are then expected to either read the standard, write the standard, or the teacher reads the standard aloud. Too often, this becomes a rote activity that carries no real meaning for students. In order to activate learning, turn the statement into a question. Explain to students that the focus of the day is for them to be able to answer the question at the end of the lesson. Then, as a final activity for the day, ask them to write the answer and turn it in. It's far more rigorous than just copying the standard.