Saturday, May 17, 2014

OH, Pick Me! A Bright Idea

Time for the next installment of the Bright Ideas Linky party!

I've gotten together with 130 of my blogging buddies to bring you another GREAT and BRIGHT idea for your classroom to make things just a little easier!

In our classroom, I like to do a lot of things randomly - partners when working, groups when working, choosing a helper to help me with something, choosing someone to read, and other times that may require choosing someone in the classroom. 
Instead of looking around to see who has their hands raised or NOT raised (because they either A) don't want to answer or B) aren't paying attention or C) don't know the answer), I created the "Pick Me Jar" for our classroom.
And I have got to be honest, it's been a HIT since Day 1!

Whenever we need to do something in the classroom, I'll ask for volunteers or whatever. I'll be honest... I don't know why I ever ask for volunteers because the kiddos always say, "HEY! WIll you use the Pick Me Jar instead?" and well, I usually do.

They LOVE it.

You know what they love even more??

When THEY get to use the pick me jar.

They want the opportunity to be able to choose someone out of randomness and what a better way than to use the Pick Me Jar?

The only things you need to make your own Pick Me Jar are the following:
Glass Jar
Popsicle sticks
Black sharpie

If you own a Cricut or a Silhouette machine, you can cut out the words, "Pick Me Jar" from black vinyl. Otherwise, I would use some sort of permanent marker (paint pen, perhaps) on the outside of the glass jar!

My Pick Me Jar is VERY similar to my Party Puff Jar that I created as a whole class reward system. We get a "party puff" if they receive a compliment. Once the whole jar is full, then we get a party!
If you enjoyed this *BRIGHT* idea, consider following me on Pinterest where I pin ideas (and recipes… and decor… and a lot of other stuff) VERY often!

How do YOU randomly choose students so that everyone has an equal chance to chime in? Let me know in the comments below!

For those other 120+ Bright Ideas, check out the link-up below and browse through the different topics! Each post has a grade level AND topic listed so that you can easily maneuver the linky.


  1. I use Popsicle sticks. More recently when I got an iPad for my classroom, I use the app random name selector.

    1. I'll have to check out the app! I do like the "old-fashioned" way of just pulling sticks - also allows them to see the hands-on AND for them to participate in the hands-on!



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