The 2 day class loves things that go...cars, trucks, planes, trains. Last week I got out the long blue racetrack for the first time. Chaos broke out as everyone tried to get their car on the track at once. Pushing, pulling, jostling for position and howls of protest and frustration. Rather than imposing order myself, I turned off the lights and asked the group if it was working for everyone to use the racetrack at once. Unanimous agreement that it was not working. I asked if anyone had ideas that might work better. Several people suggested taking turns and someone suggested making a line. There was some early trouble forming a line...imagine an amoeba. We talked about a line being straight and that you follow one person. Then there was some trouble with the line failing to advance...we realized that when the person in front of you moves forward that you need to do the same. Having to go to the end of the line was tough for some initially...giving our less assertive students the chance to speak up for themselves. Catherine and I supported the process, but the kids created the solution. Within minutes cars were zooming down the track and people were happily waiting in line.