January 11, 2006
Kids often whine about cutting in line. To solve this, I have them line up alphabetically by FIRST name. This first person is the line leader all week. The next week, the line leader goes to the end of the line and a new line leader comes forward. Anytime the class needs to line up, it's done in this order. Kids who don't get along in line eventually find a truce through mediation and class meetings. I've done this with classes up through eighth grade in both urban and suburban settings.