April 19, 2006
In my computer lab I have a stack of plastic disposable cups numbered 1-26. When students needs help, they know to get a cup, put it on top of their monitor, and wait quietly. Students of all ages quickly learn that interrupting me or disturbing others doesn't get their question answered any faster and those who wait quietly aren't forgotten! It works so well at the elementary level that I am thinking about trying at the secondary level too.