For example, students were playing with table time toys prior to lining up. I turn on the clean up song. Students put away toys and then go and line up on their name. This works great for the child who cleans up quickly and is first to line up and then the others who take longer. I don't have students wiggling around waiting for others to line up. Instead, they are on their own spots!
(sorry it looks like I have a classroom of Walmart stickers!)
I didn't photograph it ( I should have) but I have a visual strip of our line up rules. We review them in a call and response fashion. Like this...
Teacher: "Our hands are...."
Teacher: "Our eyes are...."
Teacher: "We have, walking....."
Teacher: "And our voices are...."
We do this every time we line up and it works amazingly! I don't even have to use the visual with them anymore but keep it handy.
I hope this was a bright idea for you! I know it might be a lot to manage with a larger class size, but I find it works great for me. It also allows me to control who lines up next to who. Someone who struggles in line might be put in the middle to have someone in front of them to follow and someone behind them. Two students who shouldn't be next to each in line are easily split and anyone who needs extra teacher support is put at the front or the end, where teachers are located.
For more great ideas, keep hoping along! Up next is Allison from A First Grade Teacher!