Math = Love: I love bellwork.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I love bellwork.

I love bellwork.  My Algebra 1 students love bellwork, too.  It's a great way to refresh their memory of the previous day's topic.  If a student was gone, they will often ask their tablemates for help during the bellwork time.  Plus, it's a chance to have a little fun.

Since talking to some of the other teachers at my school about bellwork, some have started implementing it in their own classrooms!  I would love to see it become a school-wide expectation in my district.

Notable Bellwork of Late:   

I already introduced you to Stan.

Using Bellwork to Practice Error Analysis

I gave my Algebra 1 students a real-life proportion to solve.  

Using Bellwork to Review Previous Topic Using a Real-Life Example

I used my students' birthdays in Algebra 2 to determine their bellwork assignment.  Interestingly, one of my students couldn't figure out which task she was supposed to do because she was born on the 4th of July...  I thought my instructions were pretty clear...

I liked this set-up better than giving students the option of which method to use.  I wanted to show students that we would get the same answer either way.


  1. I like the birthday division for bellwork. I divided the room, left side this, right side that.... But doing it this way, allows the table groups to see both ideas worked through while they work.

  2. Great blog. I noticed that you use labels on your posts, but don't have the labels widget on your sidebar. Adding this widget would help when someone is searching for a particular topic and does not have time to scroll through several posts. Just thought I would mention this to you. Have a great day!

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback! I fixed it!