In last month’s issue we asked teachers: How do you make sure everyone gets a turn in class? Do you use any special techniques? Here are some of the answers we received alongside some additional ideas. Do you want to participate and share your ideas? Check out this month’s questions in the Your Turn! section – Your Top Tips.
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–       Prepare one set of popsicle sticks or wooden spatulas (used by doctors to examine the throat) for every class you teach. Write students’ names on them and place them in a plastic cup or a jar. Whenever you need one person just take a popsicle stick out of the cup. To make it fair set apart the popsicle sticks of children who have already been chosen. It gives everyone a chance to be picked by the teacher. – Weronika Salandyk, Poland

–       I sometimes use the ‘one potato, two potato, three potato, four’ game to pick the game leader. This rhyme can be found on: http://www.supersimplesongs.com/cd2-4.html

–       I use a deck of cards. I write the student’s name on a card. Each class I shuffle the cards. They don’t know when it is going to be their turn. This keeps them on their toes. – Donna

–       Go down the class list and tick or mark when a student is asked a question etc. Make sure everyone gets a turn.

–       I give each student a number then pull random numbers out of a hat or bag.

–       Use Job Charts

–       Make small paper slips with the names of everyone in a class. When asking questions of a class, use the slips to select who will answer each question. – Irene

Have you tried any of these techniques? How did the students respond? If you have any additional ideas or suggestions, leave a comment!

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