The teacher is rapt by the way the lesson is going. Johnny and Mary are eager and raising their hand for every question. Other students are following along but then you spot...under a desk...Jimmy...is fast asleep...
Hand up = have to participate
(DISCLAIMER: The deck of cards aren't the fix-all in itself. A teacher can't expect every student that is randomly put on the spot to have the answer, so its important to apply this tool with a sensitivity to that. Phew.)
After putting it into practice, The Deck (as it has been dubbed) is also great for choosing volunteers, picking line leaders, making teams, chopping vegetables, and washing dishes. Just kidding about the dishes. I was just making sure you were still paying attention.
That's it. I hope you found this useful. My apologies to Jimmys and Cathys everywhere.
What other uses do you have for a deck of your own?
What do you use to maintain some level of random selection?