Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fair and Balanced in the Classroom

It's hard to be fair and balanced and call on everyone in a classroom. I know lots of people who use popsicle sticks. I love these little painted stars I have in a cute little box. I made them 4 summers ago! They work great!

I don't just use them for calling on students during academic time. The students seem to really appreciate that it seems like a fair way to handle things. (There is always the kid who says, I'm always picked last, so everyone likes it, except that one.) Here are some other ways I use them:

  • Choosing indoor recess games
  • Receiving a special privilege--such as sitting in a special spot in the classroom
  • When I'm giving out compliments or "this is what I see you doing well" comments
  • Giving away freebies that I'll receive in the mail, such as posters
  • Doing a special job for the teacher

And lots of other ways I can't think of right now!

In the past few years it's hard to remember a week that this little box of stars didn't serve me well!

What are your tips for keeping your classroom fair and balanced?

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog and I LOVE this idea! So much cuter than just regular popsicle sticks! I'm a new follower!

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