March 31, 2004
Sometimes during whole class discussions, students are tempted to just call out their opinions. This is especially true if they are passionate about the topic or concerned about having a turn to speak. Even though we have the rule that only one person can speak at a time and students must raise their hands for a turn to speak, some students have a hard time waiting for their turn. To help them with this, I use a Speakers List. When students want a turn to speak, I write their names on the board for all to see. The students automatically know who the speakers are and when it will be their turn. This prevents them from having to raise their hand until they are called on, minimizes interruptions, and the kids love it. Sometimes I have a student helper manage this for me. This system can work for many age groups.