Choreograph Your Classroom
Lesson Objective: Help students move quickly and efficiently around the classroom
All Grades / All Subjects / Management

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important to think about "choreographing your classroom" prior to teaching?
  2. How does the effort put into teaching transitions pay off in the long term?
  3. Why does Ms. Saul have students talk about what transitions look like, sound like, and feel like?
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Well organized movement-great!
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An excellent common sense approach! This reminds me that I really need to think about how I want transitions to look in my room this year. Thanks!
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A great reminder that it is important to take the time (which is precious) up front to set up transitions and classroom management. Makes for a more teachable year.
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TIme Managment is important in the classroom and its great to see how the teacher transitions in her classroom
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    Interviewer: I have a background of being a fine arts dance major. Working with choreography, and moving people’s

    Interviewer: I have a background of being a fine arts dance major. Working with choreography, and moving people’s bodies through a certain series or steps in a dance has been beneficial to me in the classroom. Because I pretty much choreograph my day.

    I really think about the flow of them to the carpet, back to their desk, now in groups, now separated. Try to choreograph it, so that it’s smooth, and that there’s a natural flow, which cuts out on a lot of side talk when you’re switching from one activity to the next.

    But even if you don’t have a background in dance, you can really focus on the flow of your classroom because we all drive. We know what it’s like to weave in and out of traffic. You have to think about the pathways in your classroom.

    I literally will tell students, “This is your aisle. When you come to the carpet you’re gonna go down this aisle, and when you come to the carpet from this side you’re gonna go down this aisle,” so that there is not congestion.

    Another thing that helps with flow, when you’re standing up and leaving the carpet, we all stand up at the same time. Nobody starts walking ‘til everybody’s standing up. Once everybody’s standing up, then they get the signal walk, that way nobody is stepped on.

    We practice our routines. We practice our transitions. We have long conversations about what it looks like, sounds like and feels like when you go from your desk to the carpet. It’s worth the investment up front because later it allows you to spend more time actually learning.

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Jen Saul
English Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Arts / 3 / Teacher



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Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

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