TT015 Four bellwork ideas (Ring the Bell)

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Giving students an activity that they can start before the bell goes is a game-changer: it re-focuses student attention to your class, gives you a bit of breathing room, and immediately gets your students engaged. In this episode, Michelle and Colin go over four examples of bellwork that are effective in any high school classroom.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [1:03]
  • What is bellwork, and why should you try it? [1:23]
  • Bellwork idea #1 [2:45]
  • Bellwork idea #2 [4:43]
  • Bellwork idea #3 [7:43]
  • Bellwork idea #4 [9:00]
  • Segment: Your Homework [10:48]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [12:08]
  • Why Socrates’ quote about youth is still relevant today [12:39]
  • Send us your teaching questions! (Write us at [13:40]



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  1. Amanda Brooks-Taylor
    Amanda Brooks-Taylor says:

    I teach 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. I recently started listening to your podcast. I loved your ideas for Bell Work and the Critical Viewing activity. I actually tried it for the first time yesterday, though I took it a step farther. My students now do their critical viewing of a Social Studies picture through blogging. It’s actually pretty cool and my students like it a lot. I like that they are able to use technology for their “journals.” Thanks again.


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