However, my teacher buddy down the hall has a very cute solution for this. I've blogged in the past about this but I thought it might be helpful to re-visit this little gem.
Once the weather changes (and the constant demand for Mrs. B's help at the beginning of recess) she pulls out an old copy of an actual Yellow Pages and discusses how they are used as a reference to find an expert to help you with something.
Mrs. B uses the example if her tooth hurts she would go to the dentist page and look up a number of a dentist to call. My class recently turned our dramatic play area into a pizza parlor so we spent some time looking at the adds for pizza. You know...just in case we needed to call an expert on how to make a good pizza. =) My kiddos are always thinking!
So once the concept of the Yellow Pages is introduced ( you could also show similar examples from online resources) she creates a page for whatever self help skill the children are needing help with.
There is a picture and a title for each page and once a child is an "expert" at a skill they can sign their name on that page. If someone in the room is having issues with a skill (zipping up their jacket for example) they are to go to the yellow pages and look up an expert to help them with it!
What a teacher sanity saver! =)
Mrs. B's yellow pages is not limited to recess self help needs. She also has pages for kids who are experts on the computer, the listening center cd player and other various classroom needs. This allows her to continue working with students during centers and not have to fix a CD or computer issue.
I'm always on the lookout for ways to make our day go smoother in our classroom! Please share if you have any other ideas you feel would be a great addition to our yellow pages! =)