How to Make Your Bellringers Slightly More EPIC This Spring


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Interesting photo, eh? We think so too. What do you think is happening in it? 

If you want to mix it up this spring with your bellringers, then you’ve got to leverage the EPIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, connected) teaching power of photos and give the New York Times’ What’s Going on in This Picture? a try!

Here’s how it works:Each Friday, the NYT posts a news photo in their series, and then the following Tuesday reveals more information about the image. After you’ve selected an image from their weekly archives, display the image for students to see. Then, ask them to think-pair-share on the prompts below:

  • What’s going on in this picture?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can you find?
Next, dovetail into a whole-class discussion about the responses. Finally, push the class to back their claim up with evidence and reasoning. If your students have a writing journal, they can do some jotting along with this activity.

Click here to see all the images in the series. There are enough images to use this bellringer as often as you want!

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Gary is an influential teacher leader with extensive experience educating students at the high school and university level. He is a regular conference presenter, education speaker, and leader of staff development for educators. His classroom practice embraces a collaborative environment centered on constructivist teaching, project-based learning, classroom branding, Modeling Instruction, standards-based grading, and mobile device technologies.

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