** 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”.
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.
Here’s how it goes and what I mean.
1. Teach the chant.
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…