I created the 'talking stick jar' because everyone in my class wanted to talk at once and I hated making the kids raise their hands. I needed something that was fair and kind of fun. All the kids have their own talking Popsicle stick in a jar. Whenever I need to choose a student to talk, I just pull a name out of the jar. It's great for everything from helping mediate classroom discussion to settling who goes first in a team activity. The possibilities are endless!