Hey, ya’ll! It’s Bright Ideas time! I shared this idea in my classroom reveal, but it’s just been working so well, so I though I’d share one more time.
I’ve seen some clever ideas about numbering places at student tables, so you can call their names to help pass out papers, take turns, etc. However, nothing I stick on tables lasts. (If you have the magic tip, please let me know!) I thought about placing numbers on chairs. However, we stack them every day, so it would be a mess trying to get each chair back to where it was before we stacked them.
I then decided to use circle labels on the chair legs. I talked with my teacher partner, and she had an even better idea. She had colored circle labels on hand, so we placed a differently-colored circle label on each of the four table legs.
Now, whenever I need papers passed out, waste buckets handed out, or students to take turns during a science experiment, I just call out a color. Students look at their right table leg to figure out which color they are. After a week or two, they have this figured out. If a table only has three students, one very helpful student can have two colors. Or if you have an awesome group at one table, they can take turns doing the missing color’s duties.
This has been so helpful and has kept my students up and moving. This has really taken the place of brain breaks for us this year. I also made this little display on our white board. I move the magnet every time I call a color to make sure I am calling out colors equally (I didn’t have a yellow – sorry!). This also helps students know which color’s turn it is in the very possible event they were not listening to the teacher. 😛
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