If students enjoy bell-ringers as much as I do, then they'd much prefer using them as ammunition in a paper snowball fight than think about them outside of class.
Enter Poo Poo, a gorilla who escaped from the zoo, and the topic of Friday's bell-ringer. After a lesson including public notices, I asked my students to create their own. Here was the students' task:
The results were incredible! Not only were they a delight to grade, but they were obviously fun for the kids to complete. Even students who normally avoided bell-ringers were active in creating some really cool work.
Sir Coolman was only a tad impressed. "So, what will you do with this new realization?" he asked me. I looked at him with a facial expression that embodied "duh!" and turned back to my plans. It wasn't until he'd evaporated behind his glass while wearing a smirk of anticipation that I realized his point:
How do I follow that up?