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Here in the UK many Secondary

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Here in the UK many Secondary schools in my experience register each individual class at the start of each session possibly five or six times each day. This is no hassle as 'bell-work' encourages the students to settle down and start a useful activity as soon as they arrive whilst the electronic register is being completed. The software we use is easy to operate and obviously indicates where an individual student may be 'hopping off' from a certain lesson that they don't like or even where two or three students have decided to meet elsewhere!

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Thanks for pointing this out,

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Thanks for pointing this out, Michael.

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Thanks, Kate. -Todd

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Thanks, Kate. -Todd

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Hi Katie, I'm glad you

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Hi Katie,

I'm glad you pointed that out. Thanks. -Todd

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

There was quite a bit of buzz

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There was quite a bit of buzz on Facebook about whether or not teachers take attendance at the start of or at the end of the day. Many educators commented that they're required to take attendance at the end of the day/class, whereas many disagreed with the whole concept behind taking attendance at the end of the day.

You can read more here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151867368169917&set=a.10895704...

When do you take attendance? Is it up to your or does your school control this? Can these suggested resources/activities mentioned by Todd work at the end of class as well?

Literacy Teacher and Curriculum Director at The Monarch School in Houston,

While I agree that Writing

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While I agree that Writing Prompts That Don't Suck features some very engaging prompts, teachers should be cautioned to preview selections for appropriateness. The second prompt in today's post features an F bomb.

English educator, secondary level

Michael, According to

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Michael,
According to NewsTrust, The Guardian, the paper from which the article about the NSA is taken, is a good source. I will be careful to check the sources before I use any of the articles, though.
Faith

English educator, secondary level

Todd, Thank you so much for

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Todd,
Thank you so much for the great links. I use AOW (articles of the week) activities every week, and the student news link is awesome. I am going to be printing the article tomorrow.
You have many great ideas for the English classroom.
Faith

Student News Daily is either

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Student News Daily is either incompetent or biased. Look at their liberal vs conservative comparison and pay attention to the loaded language used to describe the positions of the two schools of thought - negative liberal stereotypes (BIG GOVERNMENT!), warm & fuzzy conservative positions (FREEDOM!).

They also reprint articles from biased sources and present the content at face value, asking students questions that assume the content is accurate/unbiased.

Bell-work can be a productive

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Bell-work can be a productive option at the beginning of class as mentioned. I can relate to the fact that getting attendance taken and students arriving late, an educational activity can fill this time. Some teachers may begin their lesson right at the bell, but personally, I wait five minutes before beginning. The activities you provided are all excellent ideas, particularly lateral thinking and journaling. Both will allow students to further develop their 21st century skills while assisting with their critical thinking and writing. I am going to try the lateral thinking activities in my class.

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