Removing all bias can be tough, especially when some students are more enthusiastic and outgoing than others. Learn a LiveSchool feature that can help make your class more fun and fair.
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Teacher’s Pet - two words dreaded by students and teachers alike. Students hate when teachers play favorites. Teachers don’t like to show favoritism.
Yet for teachers, removing all bias can be tough, especially when some students are more enthusiastic and outgoing than others.
Enter in LiveSchool’s Random Student Selector. Teachers can randomly select a student in their class or roster for a variety of reasons, from picking a class helper to answering a question.
The Random Student Selector is accessible under Menu → Points → Options → Random Student.
So how can you use the Random Student Selector in your classroom? We’ve put together a few ideas to get you started:
Randomizing who to call on for a question is a great way to keep all students involved in a classroom discussion. If you assign points to correctly answering questions, randomizing student selection also levels the field for quieter students.
Having a different student write the daily agenda on the board can help your students feel like they’re having a meaningful impact on the day.
Who doesn’t love lunchtime?! Randomizing who leads the lunch line can add a dose of excitement for students. Not to mention it helps eliminates the “race to the finish” mentality that can lead to accidents and arguments.
Every student deserves to be a teacher’s helper, and the student selector gives everyone a fair chance to play the role. Try running the selector multiple times if you have different supplies to hand out, such as for an art project.
“Who can solve this problem?” With the student selector, you no longer have to pick from the same few students who always raise their hands. Not only does the feature give every student the chance to show off their math skills, but can also help you identify students who may need some extra help.
Just as with math, every student should be able to read a passage from a textbook or story. Randomizing student selection gives everyone a fair shot and can help with finding students that could use some more one-on-one time.
Do you allow for coloring, watching a movie, or other fun activity to wind down the week? Have a student pick the activity. Even if a different activity was favored by some students, can they really stay that upset over some fun time?
Every field trip needs a few parents to help watch the class. Even if you have a head parent, use the random student selector to decide whose parents will provide backup.
Have a pet fish, lizard or rodent? Randomizing who gets to feed the class pet is a great way to ensure all students get some quality time with Nemo - hopefully your class pet has a more original name.
Have any questions about the Random Student Selector? Looking for more tips on how to use the feature? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help out!
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