Some days students work independently, and my job is to coach individually. I love doing this, but a problem develops when 5 students raise their hands within minutes of each other: I often lose track of who’s next. Also, students stop working when their hands are raised because they’re waiting for me. Their arms get tired, and they become frustrated.
I started assigning numbers instead. Once a student had a number, they would go back to work until they heard me ask, “Who’s number 4?” They knew that their turn would come, and often, by the time I got to them, they would say, “Never mind. I figured it out.”
Sometimes I forget which number I assigned last. Rather than risk giving the same number to two students, I skip a few and say something like, “Your number is 10. I don’t think there’s an 8 or 9, but I want to be sure.”
If there’s a student I don’t get to by the end of the period, they always tell me. I ask them to remember that they are #1 for the next day.
I’m participating in Kelly Hines’ Blogging Challenge. This is Day Two.