I found an idea I'm really excited to try out! From Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes blogger Janaye, I found this post about how to get station work to function more efficiently. Since the time goes so quickly and students often have questions that interrupt time for me to work with small groups, she designates one student as the "Ask Me!" person. (Think supermarket name tag)
This student gets to wear the coveted tag and is in charge of paying super close attention to directions so that they can help peers troubleshoot and problem solve. To make my tag, I used an old one from a conference and fancied it up a bit with stickers.
I can't wait to try it out!