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To help our students get the most out of our Language Arts bell ringer work / warm ups / “do now” assignments and ensure rigor, we have found that aligning the work to the standards, spiraling the curriculum as often as possible, and including a variety of content can make a HUGE difference in student productivity and engagement. (Not sure what a bell ringer is? Read more about them here.) The “aha” moment that our bell ringers needed to be more powerful stemmed from our multiple concerns about the Daily Oral Language warm ups (DOL) our schools were currently using:

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