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Classroom transition refers to changes that take place within the classroom each day. Subject changes, lining up at the classroom door and transitioning between group activity time and individual work are just some examples of transitions that take p

Helping Children With Classroom Transitions

Classroom transition refers to changes that take place within the classroom each day. Subject changes, lining up at the classroom door and transitioning between group activity time and individual work are just some examples of transitions that take place in your average classroom. Students may sometimes have a hard time transitioning from one thing to another. Knowing what to do in order to help students deal with classroom transitions is essential if you want happier students. Just a few simple steps is all it takes to have a more successful classroom experience.

Skill level:Easy

Instructions

1 Give students a notice when transitions are approaching. A simple, "In five minutes, we begin math," is enough to give students a little warning. This allows them to know they should be finishing up what they are working on and allows them the chance to sharpen pencils, find books or homework and ease into a new state of mind.

2 Sing transition songs during classroom transitions. Find these songs on CD's in Parent/Teacher stores, or ask a fellow teacher where she gets her transition songs. You can find songs for almost any transition. Some examples include: "Wash Our Hands," The Quietest Line," and "Everybody Have a Seat." Another option is to make up your own songs. Use a familiar tune, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" then add your own lyrics.

3 Form a list of rules and review them with students throughout the school year. The rules should include what to do during classroom transitions. Post classroom rules where students can see them. Also, practice these rules everyday during the first week of school. Your students will become accustomed to the rules, and understand what to do and what to expect throughout the school day.

4 Find a way to help students develop a routine. A routine will help students fall into a classroom transition naturally. Tell students what they need to do in order to move from one thing to another. For example, when lining up for lunch, help them develop the routine of putting away their school materials, finding their lunch money or lunch box, then sitting quietly until it is their turn to line up at the door.

5 Assign "buddies" to help each other during classroom transitions. This should only be used if a particular student is having a hard time during classroom transitions. Have a reliable student help the student having a difficult time. This also works well with special needs students.

Tips and warnings

Be sure that the student having a difficult time with classroom transitions wants help from a peer before assigning him or her a buddy.

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