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Bright Ideas – Numbering Student Desks in Groups

Today I am joining lots of other amazing bloggers in the Bright Ideas Blog Hop! No products, just lots of bright ideas that you can use in your classroom!

Today I’m sharing a super simple and easy tip that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow! It is a huge time-saver and keeps students from arguing over who is going to go get supplies for the team, or who to hand team papers to. 

How the Numbering System Works:

All I do is assign each student at the team a number. I usually have teams of 4-5 students, so those are the numbers that I assign them. The student sitting at the front left (from my view in the front of the class) is always number 1, and the numbers increase in a clockwise direction (see photo above).

If I have a group with more (or less) numbers, I use the same numbering system. Right now in my classroom I have groups of 4 and 5, so in my groups with only 4 students, the person sitting in the #1 desk acts as person #1 AND #5.

How I use the Numbers:

I use the student desk numbers throughout the day! One of my classroom jobs is paper collector.  Whenever I want to collect papers from my students, I will tell them to pass their papers to number _____. Then my paper collector only has to go to those desks to get all the papers from each group.
Another way that I use the numbers, is if I want students to get supplies for their teams, like glue sticks, science books (that they don’t keep in their desks), etc. I will call out one of the numbers to get the supplies, and they will get one for each person at their team.
It is a HUGE time-saver!
And just a quick tip, we review the numbers every time we switch desks (which is about once a month). I’ll just say “Number ones, raise your hand,” “Number twos raise your hand,” etc. To make sure that all the students know their numbers! In the younger grades you could always write numbers on a post it note to put on their desks if they forget!
I hope you can use this idea in your classroom!
Next up is the fabulous Shelley from Teaching in the Early Years! She is the mastermind behind the whole Bright Ideas blog hop, so you know that she has some great ideas to share!
There are over 180 wonderful bright ideas in this blog hop! You can hop from one blog to the next or browse the links below and pick and choose which ideas you’d like to read about!

  1. Kristen says:

    I love it Molly! So simple, yet so powerful for management…thank you! 馃檪

  2. Ashley Hall says:

    Great Idea! Thank you for sharing!

  3. What a great idea! I may have to try this for next year!

    Christina 馃檪
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  4. Tiffany says:

    That's such a great idea! I may just have to use it for the rest of the year…the kiddos are getting a little antsy this time of year so something to switch it up might go a long way!


  5. Thanks for the tip, Molly! Quick question- How did you get involved in this blog hop? I would love to join sometime. 馃檪

  6. So simple, but so effective!!! Thanks for sharing!


  7. vicky1970 says:

    Molly – I had the best time hanging out! I was so lucky to be able to sit by you. You are a doll! Hope we have another meet up soon – of there's always Vegas. :o)
    Teaching and Much Moore

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