This method is used in most lessons to divide up work between students.
- Describe each of the jobs to the group and state the number of students needed to complete the job.
- Tell the students that they will each have a turn to share their top two choices and that the order that they speak in does not influence how the jobs will be assigned.
- Note each student’s choices on a piece of paper using abbreviations for the jobs (eg. “C” for carrot and “O” for onion).
- Once all students have expressed their preferences, try to match each student to one of their top two picks. If you cannot match all students to one of their top two jobs, ask if there are any students who will volunteer to switch to another job. If so, thank them for the flexibility. If not, propose a compromise in which students share one of their top picks with another student and then also work on the remaining unchosen jobs.