Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Using ABC Order For Excellent Line Behavior!

Fern Smith's Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Using ABC Order For Excellent Line Behavior!
ABC Order Works Great For Lining Up!
As long as there has been electricity, I've lined my students up in ABC order, by first names. Yes, I'm that old! I've taught students and later, their children...and even later, their grandchildren! AND...that entire time I've had them line up by first names in ABC order. I use the first name, because at the beginning of the school year they can talk to each other and say, "I'm Emily, you're David, you're in front of me." But they don't always know each other's last names in the beginning of the year.
So, this is why it works for me,
no one can "cut" in line,
no one can give "skippies" in front of them,
no one can line up at the back to "dawdle" and delay getting the class to lunch.
Oh yeah, you've been there, you know exactly what I mean! :)
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One other little tip that helps with this system, is every day I have a girl helper and a boy helper. The girl is the line leader and the boy is the door holder/caboose. I use this as a life skill to teach boys to hold the doors open for ladies and it mixes up the line everyday, while still keeping it in ABC order.
That's the tip, it's that easy!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Using ABC Order For Excellent Line Behavior!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Using ABC Order For Excellent Line Behavior!

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  1. This is a great idea that would save time, too!

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    1. You're right, I never thought about all those "lost" minutes we would have lost fighting about line order! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Hi Miss Fern! I do this too... but by last name. I think I am going to make first name line up my September requirement! Thanks for the bright idea! :)

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  3. Our entire school lines up in ABC order except it is by last name. It took me a while to get used to it because like you, I too did it by first name. It really does cut down on the "he cut me in line…" Also it helps going through the lucy line too.

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    1. Tiffani, I absolutely love this idea! I love when something is a "School Rule" it's like you and the kids are all in it together! "Hey, the whole school does this, so it must be great!" Thanks for your comment.
      ~Fern

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