I don't know how many people are familiar with Line Order. When I taught in Florida I never had a specific "line order" I just had a line leader & the rest of the students just got in line in the order by which I called them. Needless to say that there were lots of fights, complaints, whining & drama for me to deal with. When I moved & started to teach at my current district I subbed for 2 years. During that time I had the opportunity to visit SEVERAL schools. I quickly learned about "Line Order". Almost every class I visited had a "line order"& it helped me as a sub a GREAT deal.
So here it goes. The students get an assigned letter or number. I like to use numbers because my little students are 1. still learning their letters & 2. they like to go to the letter their name starts with. This is a problem because we all know we get students whose name begins with the same letter & then they begin to argue who gets the letter J. However, almost every other teacher I work with uses letters. Anyway I use numbers, which I then use in my classroom for seating arrangements on the carpet & tables. Numbers works great because I can use them for SEVERAL groups. (If you hadn't already heard, I teach 5 groups of students.)
It takes a little bit for my students to remember their numbers so I post them in my class. I really post it more for myself than my students, but that a secret I don't tell them. Because my room is color coded, red for Kindergarten, blue for 1st grade I used 2 $1.00 pocket charts from the Target Dollar Spot. For my Kinder kids I use their pictures, because some of them still can't read their names & for my 1st graders I use their names.
This year I had to connect 2 pocket charts for Kindergarten because I had so many of them. Also you will notice that I have pictures & names on both sides of the numbers. That is because I have 2 groups of Kindergartners & 2 groups of 1st graders.
At the start of the year I assign students a number. They are to get in line in their numerical order. I can still chose a "line leader" but I don't have to. Occasionally I get asked to change the line order. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, the students know it is my prerogative & they have to be OK with that. When ever I lose a student or gain a student I just climb up on the desk, (I'm short) & add, remove & occasionally change up the order.
On additional note, the line order is shared with the staff & posted in places like the cafeteria so that other adults in the building can quickly check to see if students are in their proper place.
I don't collect a lot of my students work, like I used to when I taught Gen Ed 1st grade, but if I did I would have the students put their number on their papers &/ or materials. That makes it easier for you to file papers & locate who is missing materials.
Simple, yet effective, my favorite kind of management tip.
I hope this Classroom Management tip is helpful to you.