Because getting kids to line up shouldn’t be rocket science.
Lining up shouldn’t be a stressful, painful, or lengthy process. Yet, we know it can be a struggle, so we did some digging to find some great lining-up strategies, tested and approved by teachers. Here are some of the best ideas for getting your students to line up quickly and quietly.
1. Put a few kids in charge.
2. Use a voice levels poster to keep students on track.
3. Encourage good behavior through chants.
This teacher has great line-up chants and posters that she uses to remind her students of good lining-up and hallway behavior.
4. Make it a friendly competition.
5. Mix it up with a different order.
6. Assign numbers.
You can either assign numbers directly to students, or you can also call out students’ names as you go. For example, “Brax, please line up on number 10.”
7. Try a song.
8. Encourage students to “pass it back.”
9. Try a timer.
10. Get yourself a doorbell.
11. Call on students one at a time.
12. Use visuals like arrows, shapes, or other designs.
Similar to the numbers-on-the-floor idea, you can also use arrows, shapes, or other icons to help students line up. We’ve seen some teachers trace and make cut-outs of their students’ feet. Otherwise, you can try any visual that will work for your kids.
13. Tell your students you are all spies!
. She will often tell her students that they are on a secret mission. So lining up is a really fun activity!
14. Choose a mystery walker.
15. Reevaluate the rules.
About the Author
Stacy Tornio is a freelance writer with a focus on education. She's an author of nearly 20 books, including many educational family titles. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.