Using a Number System to Streamline Class Routines
Lesson Objective: Use a simple number system to manage classroom routines
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Thought starters

  1. How can this strategy streamline class routines?
  2. What does it help avoid?
  3. How does this approach teach students about accountability?
  4. In what ways could you use "The Number System" to enhance your classroom?
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Thanks for sharing this strategy. I recently came across another one using playing cards. I like this idea as it also sets a routine and the numbers are not based on anything other than their name in the alphabet. Definitely going to give this a go. Our school has open plan learning spaces, so a system like this could work well and also with our senior students. Thanks for sharing.
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I feel sorry for someone with the last name Zuniga. That person will always be last. And that is unfair!!!!!!!
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Luanne We have used the number system for years. We assign alphabetically,too. To avoid the same person always being last, we give different directions for lining up, etc. such as odds, then evens, largest to smallest, and so on. Using the number system helps with checking assignments because by putting the papers in number order, they will automatically be alphabetical and it's a quick check to see which is missing or record scores. There are many applications for the student numbers throughout the year - and in a very short time, the kids all know each other's number!
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I use numbers also. It helps also when you need to call on someone to do something they all want to do. You say that you will pull a number, so the students will not feel that you are using favoritism. It is a great tool to use.
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    Some of the routines that I have in my classroom is what we here at Amistad call the number system.


    Some of the routines that I have in my classroom is what we here at Amistad call the number system.

    I thought we could start today with an activity, okay? I’m gonna need three volunteers, and I am going to just choose your number, your random number. Can I have number 5 come up?

    Each child in your class gets a number, so there’s 20 kids in your class, 1 through 20. I tend to do it alphabetically because it’s much easier that way. It’s easier for the kids to learn and understand, and there’s a connection between the number and why you have that number. I use that system for everything.

    Okay, partners, can you please get your laptops based on your numbers, please?

    If they’re gonna line up, they line up in number order. What does that avoid? The people running to the front because they wanna be first, the people who always wanna be in the back because they wanna joke around, and those little issues. Right off the bat, you’ve already extinguished that fire. The kids know their numbers, so they know what they’re gonna get, where they’re gonna get it from, when they finish, where they’re gonna bring it back to, where they’re gonna put it. It teaches the kids accountability, responsibility, and it also helps them understand that they have a place in that classroom.


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School Details

Amistad Dual Language School
4862 Broadway
New York NY 10034
Population: 430

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Olga Ramos



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

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