Transition time in classrooms has always been a struggle. How do we get our students ready for the next class in a timely manner? So much time can be wasted with students not having their materials ready in a timely manner. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We have 5 sure fire ways to make transition time go smoothly in your classroom.
Set an Alarm
This is our go to method for transition time. We have an digital timer that we set for a specific amount of time and display it on the document camera so students can see. They look at this as a challenge and are always trying to beat the timer. It is by far our best way to get students ready for the next subject.
Play a Song
There are many songs that you can find on youtube or out of your personal collection that only run for a certain amount of time. The Jeopardy theme song or the Mission Impossible theme are class favorites of ours. Find songs that fit you and your classroom and let them know that they have to be ready once the song is done.
Show a video
You can also show a favorite video clip to the students that is a specific amount of time. It can be a science, reading, math or even an approved engaging video clip that you can use in your classroom. The goal would be for the students to be ready by the time the video is done. If they are ready early, they can enjoy the rest of the video.
Use an Online Timer
This is similar to #1 above, but it is an online timer that you can use. You can use the one here of if you type in a Google search for “online timer” Google has one too. This is easy to display on the projection system in your room so students have a visual to see as the time clicks down.
A fun way to get your students to transition quickly is to play a Go Noodle video. Students will quickly get their materials out and then will want to participate in the video.
We would love to hear ideas you use in your classroom for transitions!
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