July 27, 2005
I am a retired teacher but I couldn't resist offering this suggestion that worked for me. I had students that wanted immediate attention as they entered the room, or while I was with another student. To avoid the frustration on both our parts, I decided to have a system of ticket-taking as one does in the bakery or post office. I simply had a set of numbers on my desk and students could take one and they would be served in the order that they took the numbers. Sometimes they would take a number upon entering the classroom when they had something important to tell me so they were sure to get my attention. I would take a few minutes of time at the beginning and end of class to get to them once everyone was settled down to work. This helped them to begin working immediately because they wanted the individual attention. I used this system with special education high school students, emotionally disturbed programs and regular classrooms to everyone's satisfaction.