For the past few weeks, I have been absolutely loving all of the inspiring Made for Math Monday posts. I've been so busy with working for my family's business and moving to a new town that I haven't had much time to get creative. The fact that school starts in three weeks, however, is helping to start motivate me.

This year, I have a lot of ideas I want to implement in my high school math classroom. I definitely want to begin each class with bellwork. My plan, as of now, is to use practice ACT math questions as a warm-up. Though, some days the bellwork will be problems they have seen previously or questions such as Stella's Stunners that require more thought. No matter what I choose, I want bellwork to serve as a way to get students in their seats and ready to work on math from bell to bell.

Each week, I also want to give students a challenge problem of the week. I heard a presenter explain how she used a non-optional challenge problem in her classroom, and I am going to try to implement this in my classroom. She did this daily, but I think I will do it on a weekly basis. I'm still not completely sure what this will look like yet. The algebra teacher next door during my student teaching recommended that I look into the Math Counts problem of the week. I still have a little time to figure out exactly how I want to implement this in my classroom. It may even up varying on a weekly basis.

Students will pick up a bellwork form on Monday. Each day they will solve their bellwork on this form, and it will be turned in on Friday. Each day's bellwork problem will be posted on the Smart Board when students enter the classroom.

I had a lot of fun playing around with new fonts to make this bellwork form. I may still make a few changes to it before the school starts, but I wanted to share it with everyone.

If you have any brilliant bellwork ideas to share or advice, I'd love to hear it!

Download a Copy of my Bellwork Form

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Great!!! Welcome to #made4math! I like your template for bell work!

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DeleteWelcome to #Made4Math! I did something similar for the challenge problem and I usually used NCTM questions from their monthly calendar. I think I have some of them typed up if you want them. I taught Geometry at the time.

ReplyDeleteGreat form for your bell work, and I love your fonts. You've inspired me to make one of my forms a bit cuter. :) Also, I have never seen the "Stella's Stunners," so I'm excited to explore those fun problems. Congrats on your first teaching job!

ReplyDeleteI love your bellwork form, and the supply list. What kind of grade do you give them at the end of the week? Completion? Is it one grade per week (for bellwork), or are the weeks averaged together? Thanks!

ReplyDeleteI no longer use this form, but I think any of those ways you mentioned would work well!

DeleteSarah, this is my first year teaching high school math--can you tell me why you quit using this form, as in did you find a better one or do you not do bellwork anymore? I am wanting to incorporate bellwork into my classes and would love tips on what you found that did or didn't work, if you don't mind sharing. Thank you a ton!!

DeleteThanks for the bellwork page! It works great for us!

ReplyDeleteSo glad to hear this!

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