An idea that I had a few years ago was to hand out a few of my more popular stuffed animals while we were sitting "whole group" doing … whatever.
Well, as you know, almost anything can turn into a "job" in my classroom, so I made this one up.
The reason for the need of a job to distribute these cute little creatures was because the students were saying things like, "That's not fair… she's had it 5 days in a row!"
Frankly, I couldn't remember who I gave it out to, or when, or how many times. I didn't really care!
However, they did.
So, it easily became a job for them to pick randomly the 4 or 5 students who get to hold the stuffed animal. Once they select the names, I have a chart for them to keep track of the date so that there are NO arguments.
I even pulled out the clipboard today, and then showed someone who was complaining the results from the last 2 weeks or so. The proof was right there how many times each person got a stuffed animal, and the student was instantly satisfied, because all they really wanted was for it to be "fair."
Something so simple, can either be turned into a problem… or something fun.
In this case, it's mostly fun, just the way I like it.
Lions, and tigers, and bears… oh my!
(I just had to say it.)