When I started making these both of my younger sister said "NO, don't make those!" and then proceeded to tell me exactly which of their teachers had used these and how nervous and uncomfortable it made them.
Classroom environment and making sure my students feel safe and comfortable are extremely important to me. That is why I do not plan on using these for calling on a student to answer a certain question I ask during a lesson (not at the beginning of the year at least).
I do however plan on using these when everyone in the class wants to help me with something, answer a question, or be the line leader etc. and they are all being good so I really could call on any one of them. This way I will ensure that everybody gets a turn.
I put class numbers on the sticks as opposed to names because this way I can use them year after year without having to make new sets each summer. I made 28 just to make sure I was covered.
A little closer view.
Here is the jar that I put them in. I put the question mark on the front because who knows whose number
I will pull out.
The bottoms are painted so that I know who I still need to pick. I will flip them over when I choose them : )
Another summer project completed! Can't wait to use them with the kids in the fall!