Do you think your class would be awesome if they just stayed still with no transition time? All other special teachers (music, P.E, etc.) just came to you? Do you have issue after issue arise as students move throughout the day?
I don’t have any definitive research but based on my personal experience, I’d say that 90% of the behavior issues, accidents, and arguments happen during transition times. So what do you do to minimize these transition disasters?
1. Teach Procedures:
(add procedure test) Take the time those first few weeks to really teach what you expect. Clearly explain to the students what you want them to do, how you want them to do it, and what the outcome should or will be. Read The Beginners Guide to Starting the School Year for more ideas. You can access several FREEBIES in 4 Fun Ways to Ensure Your Expectations are Being Met and The Ultimate Guide to Back to School:29 Things Teachers Need to Know Before the First Day.
2. Reward Class for Following Expectations:
Create individual and class reward systems. For creating class rewards take a piece of chart paper and have students tell ideas of rewards they would want for the class (examples: Pizza Parties, Extra Computer Time, Popsicles at Recess, etc.). Have the majority vote on their favorite and each time the class gets a reward, go with the most popular option.
3. Mystery Students:
Adding a little mystery and making a game out of finding students who are doing what you expect is an easy way to keep students on their toes. Read How a Little Mystery Can Create Classroom Management Magic to learn more about using mystery students.
4. Assess Following Directions:
You need to make time to teach your students how to follow your specific directions. I love using a Following Directions Test to get them on the right track. Spend time at the beginning of the school year and once or twice a month after that reteaching following directions skills.
Looking for more classroom management ideas? CLICK HERE for articles, FREEBIES, and more!
Follow me on Pinterest:
What ways do you minimize transition disasters?