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Explore Bell-Ringer Options

Many ELA classes begin with a bell-ringer task—a short exercise students complete in the first 3-5 minutes while the teacher takes care of attendance and other things. Journaling is a typical bell-work assignment. However, for the average middle or high school ELA teacher, this requires hours of work reading entries and leaving comments within 120-150 spiral notebooks every week. (TEACHER TIP: If it takes longer to assess a bell-work product than it does for students to create it, it’s time to reconsider the task!)

Duration: 5:05 | Grades K-12