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how do you line your kids up?
Old 09-06-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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Do they randomly get in line when you call rows or whatever, or do they line up in abc order?

I'm thinking of doing the latter, but I would like feedback on if anyone else does it this way, or did it and found it wasn't helpful. Do the special area teachers get annoyed with this etc.
Thank you for your help. I teach second grade.


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Number order with the student of the week first. Sometimes I do backwards order. It prevents running to be first and complaints about cutting.
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I put them in line spots the first week of school. I stopped doing boy/girl lines years ago. I assign two line leaders every two weeks. They do remember where they line up after their turn at line leader is over. They are lined up randomly, but I do separate them according to behavior and personality. I just say line up in your line spots and they do. I love it. If there is a new specials teacher, they get it after a few weeks. The kids usually are the ones that explain it to them.
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Well....after "trying" to let them line up on their own without "pushing, shoving, cutting, passing ,pinching, whining, etc" I will go back to number order. It is tough with 30 first graders!
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Old 09-06-2015, 02:28 PM
 
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Number order all the time, every time but sometimes I'll line up by tables, sometimes boys and girls, etc. They just know how to line up in number order. The first week we only line up by numbers (1-5, 6-10, etc) to get them used to their numbers and then I get creative. I don't have a line leader, ender, etc. I don't need that in 3rd grade.

If they can't line up and/or walk correctly then they can practice. If that means they're late for lunch or specials...bummer. Hope it works out better for them next time.


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Nothing. They just get in line. We have many discussions about how we don't rush, don't try to be first or last. We just get there. I always say that as long as they can do it appropriately, then we won't have number order. It's worked and i haven't had any problems in years.
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Line Order
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I always assign kids a line order. This ensures students who have just a little too much to talk about with each other will not be close enough to have the opportunity. Unfortunately, I do it for student safety as well. Moving through the halls and waiting patiently leave opportunity for the bully to pick on someone who has the misfortune to stand next to them. These are kids and are still learning how to control impulses, and transition time can be challenging, so I find it easier to control the situation as much as I can. The line leader is also my classroom assistant for the day then moves to the back of the line the next school day. I use the line order in the lunchroom (I eat in LR with my students) because it ensure students sit by others, not just their 'friends' to help create a community feeling. The first half sits on one side of the table, the other half sits on the other side in their line orders of course. Because the front person moves to the back they are always sitting across from someone new. The order changes every 5-6 weeks or individuals can move at my discretion as necessary. BTW - I teach upper elementary. The kids know this is the way the line up at all times and just do it and most special teachers appreciate not having to police the line because they know I plan carefully.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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I have 6th graders (Catholic school so we still line up) and they're to "stand near someone who won't get you in trouble."
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I taught 5th grade math last year and my table groups were numbered 1/1, 1/2,1/3,1/4 and 1/5 then I would call an equivalent fraction to have my students line up. Ex 3/6- 1/2 table would line up.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:38 PM
 
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I usually have a line leader and door holder, and then everyone lines up. This year I have one girl and one boy who won't STOP talking in line to their respective buddies and I have asked them repeatedly to stand by someone else. I hate to punish everyone else for two who won't follow the rules but I am running out of options.


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I normally do rows, based on who's ready. However, sometimes I just have students line up. I only do that when they are spread out around the room working on things and need to pick up before going, because they finish at roughly different times and it's not a mad dash to the door!
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:43 PM
 
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Our cafeteria requires this while the kids go through the lunch line so I just use this line order for everything else. It helps us get in line and to where we need to go quickly.
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:46 PM
 
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I have a teacher's helper who is my line leader. After that I usually just have them line up in any order. But then again, I only have 9 students.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:18 PM
 
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I have only had them in number/alphabetical order to go to lunch because the lunch ladies required that. Normally, I just lined them up by calling out tables to dismiss them (or dismiss them in other ways). If kids were next to each other who were disruptive or talking, I would move them or give them a special place in line every time. When I taught primary, the line leader was in front. We didn't have any specials teachers at all (I taught all my own subjects), so I have no idea what specials teachers would think.
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Lining up
Old 09-06-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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In 3rd grade, we line up by # order , which is also ABC. Sometimes I will call for a reverse order, or evens then odds.
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Alpha order
Old 09-06-2015, 08:49 PM
 
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We do alpha order, building wide. Always. You may have a student out of alpha order for behavior reasons,
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:09 PM
 
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I have a line leader, and then it depends. Outside they have to be in number order. Inside we may go by rows, by what they ate for breakfast, by hair color, etc.
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rotating
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rotating number order, that way everyone gets a chance to be line leader and caboose. The first day #1 is first, the second day: #1 goes to the end of the line and #2 is first and so on. the kids keep track of who's first, keeps everyone happy
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I have
Old 09-07-2015, 06:04 AM
 
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5 groups in my room. Each one is a day of the week. Anytime we line up all I do is say the day we are on. That group lines up and the others follow, in order.
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ABC Order
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They line up in ABC order (or number order). This prevents running and fighting over spots. Then, each week the line rotates, so the first person goes to the end and the second becomes the line leader. This gives each student a chance to be the line leader and the caboose.
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I just say....
Old 09-07-2015, 05:17 PM
 
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Line up, remember the line rules. They just line up.
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The problem with abc order
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(From a parent's point of view) is that my son is always next to the student who "doesn't make good choices." I can see it wears on him.
When I had to have students in order for the lunch lady I kept them in order but after a couple weeks the line started with #2 one day. # 3 the next day and so on. That seemed more fair.
I just don't like number order always as a rule.
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Assigned places in line
Old 09-08-2015, 11:15 AM
 
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After I am familiar with students, I usually assign them places in line so that the talkers are separated and those who tend to have conflicts are also separated. It depends on behavior. If the group can line themselves up without problems, they do not get assigned places.
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