This is my first year of teaching, and I'll be teaching 7th grade social studies. I want to do Bell Ringers (mostly review of the previous day, some "fun" questions, like what they did over the weekend, and some questions that will lead into the next topic.) Bell ringers are quick questions that students answer in the beginning of class. For those of you who do Bell Ringers, how do you go about grading them? (I have almost 160 students). What do you do if people are absent? Do you just "exempt" them from the assignment in the gradebook? My class is based on points and is not weighted. Will parents get mad if one kid has more total points at the end of the semester than another?