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Independent Thinkers

Found in: handling disruptions; routines and procedures

I occasionally have students who constantly ask questions, either because they haven’t tried to figure out an answer for themselves or because they want my attention. I developed a plan to limit this behavior. When necessary, I give a student three 'tickets', made from colored construction paper each day, and whenever he/she asks me a question, a ticket must also be handed to me. When the tickets are used up, they may not ask me another question for that day. I have seen children become independent thinkers and self-sufficient when on this plan because they want to save their tickets for really important questions. It's a great way to develop problem-solving skills.


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