Starting class promptly is a very important strategy that can lead to a better use of instructional time as well as better classroom management. Having an appropriate bell ringer that bridges the gap from learning that occurred the previous day and learning that will occur in class during the coming class period sets the tone for the entire period. Although there are millions of ways to use the bell ringer concept to begin class, many teachers forget about the power a bell ringer can have.
Check out these two clever bell ringer ideas.
1) The Pennsylvania State Education Association describes a novel way for students to sign into class. “Write each child’s name on a strip of tag board, laminate it, and glue a magnet to the back. Each day, post a question and possible answers on a whiteboard. Students can ‘sign in’ by placing their magnets in the appropriate answer column.”
2) Patty Kohler’s round table review requires minimal teacher effort. “I have students get out a sheet of paper and write a list of numbers from one to ten. Then I instruct them to put one important idea from the previous lecture on the first line. The paper is passed to the person on the left. Each time the paper is passed, the person receiving the paper writes a different idea. After a few minutes I call time, and the papers go back to the original owner. This represents a collection of ideas for future review and study.”