The video below is from the old El Sullivan Show. The object of this lesson plan and strategy is NOT to get your students spinning plates. I use the "Spinning Plate" a a metaphor for getting the students in your class to begin working independently, and it works great!
Of course, you must begin with the the First Spinning Plate. Once it is going you start another spinning plate and so on. I will be sending detailed step by step plans on how to implement this in your classroom. It is a teacher's and a student's dream come true once they get used it to, which take a bit of time, but it is so worth it!.