** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.
Mickey Mouse built a house
Choosing students, whether individuals or groups - is something every teacher has to do. And you have to be fair about it. There is nothing that will kill a class quicker than a teacher being seen as "unfair".
So what's the best way? Rock, Scissors, Paper is a standard. Drawing lots / straws. Einie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
. Spinners Dice
. random number generators. Random name generators
. Lots more.
However, I think beyond a doubt, these all lack one thing - deferral. The teacher still can be blamed. I go with "Mickey Mouse built a house" precisely because it seems to the students that another student has chosen them NOT the teacher.
Here's how it goes and what I mean.
1. Teach the chant - words below.
2. Point to students / groups as you chant. When the question ends, "that" student/group must say a number.
3. The teacher then counts that number. That student/group is chosen.
This works because no matter what number the student chooses, the teacher can direct the choosing. I've gotten so good, I can manipulate the count so I can almost chose any student I want - without the students thinking it was me doing the choosing. If a student says for example, "8" - hoping to chose someone in particular - just go the opposite way! Or any other way!
** note, if a student says an unusually large number - just count by 10s, 100s, 1,000s...
Here's Devon from Super Simple Songs, demonstrating Rock, Scissors, Paper and how to teach this...