For example, the other day we used this problem from his blog:
This problem required my students to do some currency conversions. These conversions helped my students review ratios & proportions from MFM1P & serves as a warm-up for the proportions they’ll be working with for similar triangles in this MFM2P class.
Some students simply used Google to convert the currency. Some students converted pesos into euros. Others converted euros into pesos. Still others yet converted both into Canadian dollars. I love when my students can see that there is usually more than one way to solve a problem!
The one thing I will admit is that these “would you rather” problems can take us longer than the usual 10-15 minutes I allow for bellwork. So I try to pick very simple ones (sometimes making my own) or I use them as a jumping off point to the day’s main activity – sometimes the “would you rather” IS the day’s activity if it’s complex enough of a problem.
Stay tuned for more Bellwork ideas to come . . .
– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)