It’s officially July and this is the month I’ve dedicated to working on grad school stuff and getting back into my classroom. The first thing I want to reassess is bellwork. I’m pretty sure everyone in my department gives students a Daily Math Skills assessment. Essentially 3-5 math problems that either assess success in the previous day’s lesson, scaffold for the next day’s lesson, or spiral review older topics. Sometimes I feel like this might waste class time because my students are not moving toward mastery because of it. Other times, I do feel like they are learning or catching up on something they’ve missed, and it is valid. I’ve been reading a lot of math blogs over the summer, and it appears that this is different from other people. Is it? What do you do with the first 10 minutes of class?