Jan 07, 2024

Math Monday: Bell Ringer Ideas from Financial Algebra

Four ways to kick off your math class, inspired by NGPF’s Financial Algebra Course.


The Classic: Questions of the Day 

Question of the Day is a bell ringer about a financial topic that is relevant, current, and prompts lively discussion in the classroom. Explore the Question of the Day library now!


Question of the day slide reading: How much does an artist make for every 1 million streams on Spotify?


The Most Versatile: Which One Doesn’t Belong?

 Another great conversation starter that can easily be adapted for a wide range of content. Which One Doesn’t Belong is an instructional strategy that prompts rich, insightful discussion from a simple puzzle: which of the four items doesn’t belong? 

You’ll find examples throughout the Financial Algebra course and can access a library of puzzles on the Which One Doesn’t Belong website.


A screenshot of a Financial Algebra worksheet. It shows 4 tables with directions to study the tables to identity patterns, similarities, and differences

The No-Nonsense: Applications

We heard from you - teachers are using Financial Algebra Applications in many different ways, including as a bell ringer. If you’re looking for spiral review, consider kicking off class with part of an Application from a previous lesson. Just make sure to budget the time appropriately - this is a lengthier option than the others. Find all the Applications on the Math Activities page!


The Community Builder: Mathematician Profiles

Get to know your students and showcase how they might use math in the real world. The Math in Action Slide Deck includes 30+ diverse profiles of mathematicians, each including a short biography, a resource to learn more, and discussion questions.


About the Author

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn (she/her) is excited to join the NGPF team after 9 years of experience in education as a mentor, tutor, and special education teacher. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in policy analysis and management and has a master's degree in education from Brooklyn College. Kathryn is looking forward to bringing her passion for accessibility and educational justice into curriculum design at NGPF. During her free time, Kathryn loves embarking on cooking projects, walking around her Seattle neighborhood with her partner and dog, or lounging in a hammock with a book.

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