Do you want to give students the opportunity to take the reigns in class and show their expertise? Or do you want to empower students to become leaders? Do you believe that "everyone's a teacher. everyone's a learner"? (Quote from Kayla Delzer, Top Dog Teaching)
Students remember 90% of what they teach others, as opposed to only 10% of what they read. But how often are students getting the chance to be the teacher? As students become proficient and master different concepts, skills, or expectations in your classroom, give them an "Ask Me!" lanyard to wear. Other students who need some help can ask one of their peers for assistance. This will empower students to become leaders, help solidify what they've learned, and frees the teacher up to pull a small group. It's also a great way for students to model your classroom expectations!
Students are excited to be the one to get to help others, and these lanyards make it easy for classmates to identify who they can ask for assistance. Another benefit is that as different students have different strengths, the people wearing the lanyard changes. I printed 15 "Ask Me!" tags-enough for about half of my class to wear at any one time. Ae we change activities, they can hang the lanyard up again and another student has the opportunity to be the expert.
This product includes "Ask Me!" tags in 4 different fonts (2 cursive, 2 print) and each one is offered in color and black and white. Print the black and white, printer-friendly!, on colored paper or cardstock, for a bright, easy to see tag. Or print the colored version on white paper or cardstock, so the lightbulb pops! I recommend laminating each tag and hole punching the top. You can use yarn or string to make an inexpensive necklace. I collected a bunch of lanyards a college rep passed out at a PD I went to recently and attached my tags to those.