April 28, 2004
When I taught seventh-grade English I tried, as often as possible, to arrange my students in groups of five... rows, circles, groups. I named the groups Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. During discussions or question times I would begin with the row that matched the day of the week. Sometimes we went through several rows; sometimes we might not make it through one. Sometimes we missed a day because of weather, assemblies, or in-service. Everyone knew his or her day would come. Everyone had the 'right to pass'. If someone was truly at a loss when their turn came, the student in front or behind them could offer a 'clue'. I felt that this helped me get everyone to participate and the risk of skipping students was less.