July 09, 2003
I use an equitable strategy for cooperative learning and student selection in my classroom. At the beginning of the year, I write each student's name on a large craft stick. I put the sticks into a container labeled, Buddy Sticks. I draw out sticks for student selection. I use Buddy Sticks to group students for cooperative learning activities, classroom helpers, give aways, questioning/answering sessions, and just about anything so students are chosen fairly. Students are very receptive to the strategy. I hear comments like, 'Use Buddy Sticks because it's so fair.' Students argue less. As a teacher, I feel like I don't favor one student over another. It also cuts out the comment, Teacher's Pet.