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tmcham

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This summer I have come across several "fun" picture prompts that I will use to prompt a writing activity in their Writer's Workshop Notebooks each morning.  It will give them an opportunity to contemplate that picture or laugh out loud depending on what the picture is that morning.  I like how they called it Bell Work, Write Now, or Welcome Work.  I think this would be a fun activity that immediately gets their brain started when they enter my room. The picture will be displayed on the Smart Board and the instructions would be, "What can you say about this picture?".  
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I like to have the students write in their journals for an opening assignment.  I like the idea of having them respond to a quote, but I would have to work on that.  I teach second grade so at the beginning the prompts need to be a little more basic for the varied reading levels we have.  Some prompts I like are:
- if you could choose a class pet what would it be and why?
-if you could be any animal what would you be and why?
- if you could invent something what would you invent?

I like to make sure that the students are thinking and writing several sentences.  We share a few right before writing time.

I also like to do our math spiral review in the morning.  Our district creates the weekly sheets based on our curriculum schedule.  It's a great way to review.  There are about six questions ranging from word problems to computation problems.  We go over them as a warm up to math.



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An idea I've been thinking about using for the beginning of the year opening assignment is using words and pictures to describe themselves.  I want them to trace their hand and part of their arms on white paper.  Then, they will decorate it with words they feel describe them and also draw some pictures that would help others know what interests they might have.  They will put their name on it. Once they are finished, I will have them glue them to colored paper and I will laminate them.  Then, we will display them as borders around my bulletin and white boards so that they look like raised hands.  That way the kids can be a part of the classroom all the time, and, others can check out each student's characteristics!



Awesome idea!!!!

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Suggested bell ringer assignments:


For a daily bell ringer assignment I would have a writing prompt such as:

Using at least six of the following words, write a story about living in outer space.

jolly jumpy joyful jet jinxed Jedi Jupiter just and justice

I would alternate weekly:   DEAR (drop everything and read) time and read for 10 minutes.


Also, my response to part two of question 2:  I replied to theteach on the Discussion Question #1 thread.
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As a 6-8 grade Physical Education teacher, we normally have the students getting dressed the first 4 minutes of class. As soon as they are done then they proceed to the gym where they have a specific place to sit so that we (as the teachers) can take attendance while the students do their stretching. Since we have two classes in the gym at the same time, each class has a stretch leader for the week and they lead stretches together. After stretching the class comes into small (a smaller version of roll call) so that we can discuss the plan for the day and make an announcements that need to be made.
This next year I would like to incorporate adding a basket/bin where all notes from parents would go. Each teacher keeps keeps up with their own students notes and keeps them on file for reference.

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I would like to start class more often with warm-ups that lead into a discussion about the day's topic, not focusing so much on review. 

For example, in my 12th grade math class, I will start with a question about using human subjects in research: is it okay? No? Yes? When? After a few minutes students will have been able to consider the topic. This will lead to a discussion of how the students responded. Without suggesting that there was a single correct answer, the day's lesson could begin on how to quantify the costs and benefits of human research and the role of ethics. 

I would like to think that this sort of silent opening would give the student a chance to decide what they think before hearing what others think.

Comments are welcome.

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When I taught 8th grade, I started class with a journal prompt that was written on the board for students to start on when they entered the class. Sometimes it was over a math concept, other times reflecting on a quote, sometimes just a general question.

I haven't really done much of that at the college level, at least not consistently, but I think I'm going to try something for the fall semester. Probably a couple of problems to review the previous class' homework and something that encourages students to communicate with each other.
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My classes would be lost without our opening "bell-ringer" activities each day.  I teach a careers class in a computer lab and every day, I post our daily agenda on my whiteboard with each activity listed in order and our daily objective at the bottom of the page. Students are taught to check the overhead each day and to log in and begin the warm-up activity.

Some of my favorite warm-up activities are:
1.  "Please go to http://www.typing.com and type for 5 minutes."  I give regular updates to the class as to the leaders for typing speed, accuracy and time spent typing  (this activity increases their typing speed which helps them complete other assignments quickly) 
2.  "Please go to socrative.com and answer the 3 questions I have left for you."  (these are pre-assessment type questions for the concept I plan to teach that day).
3.  "Using the notecard I gave to you as you entered the class today, please answer the following questions:
  • If someone gave you $20 million and told you that you could only keep the money if you continued to work, what job would you take and why?
  • If you could be the principal for one day, what rule would you make or change?  
  • If you could interview one person about their job, who would you interview and write 3 questions you would ask them?"
I vary my bellringers throughout the week to keep it fresh and fun. [smile]

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1. Create and share an “opening assignment” (page 70) you plan to use next year in your classroom.



Federal Govt.
Focus: What's going on in the world today?

(They will open their I-Pads and look at the news of the day and be prepared for my quiestion, "What's going on in the world today?" I call on different students each day and generally this focus work brings with it great discussion and participation from the class.)

second part is finished. 
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I had a "warm-up" every day in my 8th grade science classes last year, until the last 6 weeks, when we often were continuing multiple-day projects.  It was usually a 3-4 question review of that week's concepts, and they are allowed to use their notebooks to answer.

For the first day of school, I plan to use a get-to-know you activity.  The school's mascot is a bear, so the students cut out and then decorate (with markers or colored pencils) their bear.  I had worried last year that 8th graders might feel it was a bit too "babyish", but while some complained, they all seemed to enjoy having something concrete to produce before we had notebooks and were really ready to start on subject matter.
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I have used the bell work assignment in my class, and I am glad to see it was incorporated into this book.  What I  will now include is either to have the information posted on the board, or on a powerpoint on the smart board.   I also liked that one teacher in the book called it "Welcome Work".  As a second trade team, we all use a program called, Target the TEKS, and Target the Question for our morning work.  It is roughly 10 questions covering math skills.  For my assignment, I would incorporate this.
My assignment would read:
Good Morning! We will have a great day!
It is Monday, Aug. 25th, 2015.
Complete in order.
1.  Please complete the Monday section, of your Target the TEKS.
2.  Read your favorite book, and AR test.
3.  Complete a page in your handwriting folder.
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Question 2- My opening assignment for writing is a quick-write. I plan to use videos, mentor sentences, quotes, puzzle of the day and other items that interest the students. We may even journal about technology, science topics, math problem, and or so etching from reading class.
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