Some of the routines that I have in my classroom is what we here at Amistad call the number system.
I thought we could start today with an activity, okay? I’m gonna need three volunteers, and I am going to just choose your number, your random number. Can I have number 5 come up?
Each child in your class gets a number, so there’s 20 kids in your class, 1 through 20. I tend to do it alphabetically because it’s much easier that way. It’s easier for the kids to learn and understand, and there’s a connection between the number and why you have that number. I use that system for everything.
Okay, partners, can you please get your laptops based on your numbers, please?
If they’re gonna line up, they line up in number order. What does that avoid? The people running to the front because they wanna be first, the people who always wanna be in the back because they wanna joke around, and those little issues. Right off the bat, you’ve already extinguished that fire. The kids know their numbers, so they know what they’re gonna get, where they’re gonna get it from, when they finish, where they’re gonna bring it back to, where they’re gonna put it. It teaches the kids accountability, responsibility, and it also helps them understand that they have a place in that classroom.