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What is the best strategy to use when it comes to "Managing Transitions"

Nov 27, 2013 8:58am

As a teacher candidate, I have faced difficulty in managing transitions in the classroom and make students pay attention whenever they finish their activity..?

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    • Dec 8, 2013 7:34am

      That is great Colleen! Setting cues, explicit, and clear expectation to the studentsare definitely suffice. I fore warn mystudent prior to transitioning tothe next activity. I also use a timer and verbalize when they have five minutes left with an activity so that an instant cut off will not cause such chaos or
      When working with kindergartners, they need time to process the information -then enough time to adhere to instructions. An incentive will boost the students "stick-to-ism" as they are engaged.

      Joanne J.

      • Dec 10, 2013 8:35pm


        The key with 7th graders is routine and consistency. I totally agree with Colleen that a cue works great if you use it over and over. It may take playing a game and practicing the cue for a couple of days to see how quickly they can quiet down and transition when they see it, but it will be worth it. For me, I would raise my hand and start counting to 5. By the time I go to 5, they were always quiet and waiting for instruction. It's kind of like a whistle in sports... once they know what it means, they will stop when they hear it. Also, when providing instructions, give them both verbal and written on a document camera or a projector, because some kids aren't strong at following multi step procedures verbally.


        • Dec 22, 2013 11:54am

          A management program like CHAMPS helps you set expectations for the learning environment of your classroom.

          • Dec 5, 2013 8:06am

            Thank you for your suggestion. It seems that your method is quite useful to follow and use.

            • Dec 6, 2013 9:28am

              How do you make students pay attention? I always model behavior that i want from students so they can see and know exactly the expectations of them.