February 26, 2003
Periodically, I have students who ask exorbitant amounts of questions, either for lack of using their skills to figure out an answer or for attention. I developed a plan to curb this behavior. When applicable, I give a student three 'tickets', made from colored construction paper each day, and whenever he/she asks me a question, a ticket must also be handed to me. When the tickets are used up, they may not ask me another question for that day. I have seen children become independent thinkers and self-sufficient when on this plan because they want to save the tickets for really important questions. It's a great way to develop problem solving skills.