The first two to three minutes of class can set and determine the tone for the entire period. Right as class starts, there is so much to accomplish: take attendance, sign grade sheets, answer last-minute student questions, and more. The last thing any teacher wants is for those first few minutes to be rowdy, chaotic, and unproductive. That is why it is a great idea to start each and every single class period with some sort of Bell Ringer activity. When I first introduced bell ringers to my classroom routine during my second year of teaching, I went about it in an unorganized and counterproductive manner. I did not have a solid system in place for holding the students accountable for their work –which is one of the most important aspects of beginning class with such an activity in the first place. Once I established a system and routine, it worked. My system not only worked, but it kept students on-task, held them accountable, and provided me with an opportunity to int...