Bell to bell Teaching: Using Bell Ringers in the Classroom

Bell to bell Teaching: Using Bell Ringers in the Classroom

Bell to bell Teaching: Using Bell Ringers in the CTE Classroom Bing Boettner RN BSN Health Services Instructor Northwest Technical School Maryville, MO Building Bridges Conference Jefferson City, MO

November 6-8, 2011 Preparedness for successful Futures as an Actual Expectation for all students, not just a motto Bell ringer signal TV Them songs Do now Write five things you think old people (age 65 and above) do for fun.

What is a bell ringer? An academic activity students do to begin their day or period (Rick Morris) A bell ringer is.

a tool teachers use within their classroom to help focus their students minds. A little History Fred

Jones Harry Wong Rick Morris Kent de Pue Other names Anchor activities

Bell work Class starters Daily Focus Do now Mind benders Morning minutes Parachute opener Sponge activities

Warm ups Purposes Provides transition from hallway to classroom Provides time for teacher to tend to

necessary tasks while creating positive learning time for students Provides time to assess prior learning Provides a hook to the objective of the day Provides a get ready to learn attitude for students Important note:

Bell ringers are only important if they add to your content, engage the students and are valued by both the student and the teacher. If the students suspect that your bell ringer is only a means to keep them quiet, they wont take bell ringers seriously. Karen Seddon

What a bell ringer looks like Date: November 7, 2011 Bell ringer: Write 5 things you think old people age 65 and above do for fun Objective: At the end of the period, a student should be

able to identify and explain basic human needs based on Maslows Hierarchy. My bell ringer board My bell ringer board Procedure

As soon as the bell rings, my students are expected to be seated, with paper (or bell ringer notebook) and pen ready. If working on a project is the bell ringer, they go to their respective stations to work as instructed on the board. Students read instructions on the board or on the paper I have laid on each desk I set my timer to 5 minutes (or however long I think it

will take) When the timer rings, pencils down or students comeback from work station and get seated We start discussion or sharing of answers. Bell Ringer ideas Preview

or Review Current events Character Education Projects in progress Getting to know you Vocabulary Essential questions

Use of learning systems like Bellwork Preview or Review The word ________________ means a

variety of things or people: A. onomatopoeia B. gallimaufry C. phonosemantics D. Plosives Current events Video images

Examples: YouTube Newspaper in print or online Newspaper

Working from Bell to Bell: A 15 Minute Warm-up Exercise with USA TODAY Linda Moyer, Literacy Integration Instructor from Bethlehem, PA writes:

"Having difficulty getting your students to read? I was too, until I introduced them to USA Today. Offering each student this resource at the beginning of class kept my students engaged until class began and opened up invaluable discussions for learning. One morning when I did not have access to USA Today, I realized how engaging and meaningful this resource was to the students.

That morning, several students asked, 'Where's the USA Today, Mrs. Moyer? That is important to us. We want to know what is happening in the world.' YouTube sample To

use towards end of school year or during Thanksgiving Write a note to somebody you are grateful for YouTube Always There by the Canadian Tenors

Cartoon Sample Create a title Write a paragraph of five sentences to explain this

picture Important Note Teachers who review bell work and make the connection to the content have more

success with the students. The more time on task, the more students learn. Bell ringers also add dignity to the classroom and eliminates most of the drama that occurs at the beginning of each period.

Karen Seddon tuesdaywithkaren.blogsp ot. com Character Education Wingclips Simple

Truths 25 Truths by Ed Douglas Quote of the Day Soul Surfer- Bethany Hamilton Projects in progress

Anatomy in Clay Journaling Class paper (drafts) Embedded credits Year long project

Getting to know you What is your favorite_______? Conversation/writing prompts

Vocabulary Puzzle Riddle Crossword Spelling Essential questions

Turn your objectives for the day to a question and have students write their answers. Tie in to CLEs and GLEs ACT prep questions

Learning systems Your schools system Examples: Evolve, Moodle, Edmodo, Quia Bellwork

Bellwork site How to use bell ringers effectively KISS. Keep it short and simple.

Be consistent. Post your daily bell ringer in the same place in the classroom. Decide on a simple grading system. Be prepared by keeping back-ups of other bell ringers. How to grade Daily

(participation) Weekly (20 points each day) End of grading period (spot check for one quiz grade) Multiple choice quiz based on bell ringers

Students feedback Bell ringers help me think. They keep me on focus. They allow opportunities for me to practice what I have learned the previous day. It gives me time to reflect.

An opportunity to gather myself and my thoughts. It makes my brain work. A simple consideration If the horse youre riding on dies, get

off. It wont do you any good to change bits or adjust the saddle. Just get off and walk. Sources

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Work Ideas for the Classroom: Getting Students Engaged From the Start of School Day u

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