No Series: Using a Number System to Streamline Class Routines

Using a Number System to Streamline Class Routines

Lesson Objective: Use a simple number system to manage classroom routines
All Grades / All Subjects / Procedures


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How can this strategy streamline class routines?
  2. What does it help avoid?
  3. How does this approach teach students about accountability?
  4. In what ways could you use "The Number System" to enhance your classroom?


  • Private message to Giovanni Sloan

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  • Private message to Deborah Proctor

1. ,This strategy can streamline class routine by having things run smoothly and quickly. Little work for the teacher to call out the numbers and the kids know what to expect with lining up, etc.

2. It helps avoid chaos in class - helps preserve order. 

3. It helps teach student accountability and responsibility. Everyone(every number)  is responsible to conduct themselves in such a way that they will not upset the number system!

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  • Private message to Camisha McClellan

I can see how this system would make the classroom procedures run smoothly because there is a set order. This routine would help avoid the bickering of who gets to be first and the kids that like to hide in the back. I image it would make taking attendence super easy. It teaches the students to stay attentive and know when it is their turn or where to get and return their assigned equipment. 

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Hello. I need your help. What is the best method of attention development currently used in the world? activity or system. thank you
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  • Private message to Kalesa Davis
I enjoyed watching this video because this teacher had complete control over class. All children were held responsible for everything they did. All things done in this video had a reason and served a purpose.
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    Some of the routines that I have in my classroom is what we here at Amistad call the number system.


    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.


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