with a minimal start up effort. Hence I use:
1) Worksheet mode with
2) 2D Input.
The combination helps keep students organized, but allows them to experience what-you-see-is-what-you-get.
One can toggle between "2D Input" and "Maple Input". When in a Worksheet, with the cursor on a command line, i.e., where there is a ">" prompt, at the top of the document there is two buttons: "Text" and "Math". Note, this is below the drop down menus. The default is "Math" for the "2D Input." Hit the "Text" button and now you are entering in "Maple Input."
You can find more information in the help under: Entering Expressions In Maple Worksheets.
I hope that helps.