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Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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The #1 .... (way to choose students)

Number One** 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.

Mickey Mouse

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...

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 30, 2011 at 1:50am

Hmm, I'm trying to remember. I tend to not have a lot of patience for choosing complaints- oh, just do it! :D  I remember one thing... A-B sharing. You have to choose someone 1) you don't know.. or if you know everyone, 2) you've never worked with, or 3) you haven't worked with recently. If anyone is left over, they get to choose whatever group they want.


Have you used A-B sharing? A prof of mine said it was the one most important activity that developed community in his HS bio classes. It really breaks down barriers. I'll see if it's printed up somewhere, if not I'll write it out (tired right now). Works for all ages, all subjects, at least in non EFL classrooms- uh oh!

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