Jennifer over at Rowdy in First Grade posted a really great idea for managing Popsicle sticks to pick students. It is really so simple, yet brilliant. Check it out here! I don't know about you, but I use Popsicle sticks to determine who is going share their writing, lead our Fundations (phonics) drill or lead our daily math routines. Each task requires two cups, picked and not-picked, and it is inevitable that I end up playing "pick-up sticks" at some point in the day. Jennifer's posted idea would have gone a long way to cut down on that fiasco!!
Last year I discovered an App for the iPhone called Teacher's Pick or virtual Popsicle sticks. I think it is a bargain at $0.99 and it helped me cut down a bit on the "cups o' sticks" that were floating around.
Teacher's Pick allows you to set up a class with the names of all your students and you can easily copy that list for multiple classes. Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of the interface:
If you have an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, give it a try!
What systems do you have in place for selecting students for different activities?