I want to share you a SIMPLE classroom management tip that I used with my Kinders and 4th graders. The concept is "table captains." I typically keep my kids in table groups all year, and just switch them around to different spots in the room each month. I keep them in little groups of 4 or 5 to encourage collaborative groups. I was noticing that when I had one task for the group to complete, they would argue over who got to take a turn, or sometimes there wouldn't be a natural leader. Then I thought.... TABLE CAPTAINS!
I organize this by assigning each person in the table group a little animal. The picture below is a view looking down at the center of the table group. So for all of my little pods of tables there is a rhino, zebra, elephant, and monkey. I laminate these and place them at the corner of each desk.
At the front of the room I hang this poster that displays who the table captain is for the day. I change it each day, and it stays in the same order. The table captain is in charge of getting more supplies, passing out and collecting paper, or any other job I have for each group to complete.
If the person who is supposed to be the captain is absent, I just pick a random card from the stack and that table group has a different captain that day.
I can also strategically group the kids using these animals as well. I can say "all of the monkeys are in a group" for centers, and they don't know it but those might be all my high kids. This has worked WONDERS for me, and I am positive it could do the same for you. Download this FREEBIE by clicking here!!!