Teaching While Transitioning Between Activities

Teaching Through Transition Times, A Classroom Management Strategy

Here’s a quick tip to keep your class under control while you’re transitioning between activities…

When I was new, my class would be going fine, then, when we transitioned to a new activity or passed out a new material, I’d lose them. The time lost getting my students’ focus back really started to pile up (especially since I tend to move through several activities in most class periods).

Waiting to be handed a new note taking sheet or reading passage is not the best time to learn new content, but it is a great time to review!

Here’s a typical example – “While Brian is passing out your note taking sheet, who can tell me what part of a map tells you what the symbols mean?” Then use the answer to prompt other questions – “Great job, Maddie! It is the key. Now, who can tell me another part of a map?” And so on. It usually only takes three or four questions before the papers are passed out and your class is ready to move on!

TAKEAWAYS

  1. Your class does not have unstructured down time while you are transitioning between activities.
  2. You gain an opportunity to review/check for their understanding.

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Teaching Through Transition Times, A Classroom Management Strategy