August 6, 2013

Teacher Tip Tuesday - Stop Raising Your Hand!

Last weekend, Joel and I got to go to see two improv shows at the local Comedy Shrine. My sweet friend, Kristin, is one of the actors, and this was her last weekend performing before having her baby, so we had to show her some love.

On each table at the comedy club, they have one of these little (5 inches) fiber optic centerpieces that can light up with the flick of a switch. This is how you alert the wait staff that you need another drink in the middle of the show without disrupting any other guests.

The whole time we were there I kept thinking about how much fun would it be to have these in my classroom! I could use them during independent practice when students often have to wait a little bit for me to get around to them. Instead of endlessly raising their hands, they could simply turn on the light and continue working (isn't that a novel concept?!) until I make my way to their desks.

Genius! I love it!

The only downside is that they're kinda pricey. They're on Amazon for about $5 each... but you wouldn't need to have that many. Maybe one per group?

If you're fortunate enough to have some co-workers who want to go in on a set with you, you can get great prices at Light God when you buy in bulk. And, of course, I should mention that they come in a multitude of colors and designs... surely there is something that fits your classroom decor!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! It might be worth the money to get the lights. What about those lights that you just push to go on (they are circular)? I have seen other teachers use a red Solo cup as a way to keep working and get the teacher's attention.