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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!