Jaye Parks 11/16/15
What Makes Effect and Efficient Transitions?
- Well planned and taught transition procedures
- Clear expectations of student behavior during transition
- Student readiness, to end a current activity and to begin a new one
- Teacher readiness for the next activity
- Transitions that are orderly, efficient, and systematized, and require little teacher direction There is minimal prompting from the teacher
- Students know their responsibilities and don’t have to ask questions about what to do Students are never idle while waiting for the teacher
Teaching Channel Videos
Streamlining Procedures and Ensuring Proficiency
Teachers are always looking for ways to streamline classroom procedures and ensure proficiency. Watch an instructional expert provide feedback for a classroom lab. Includes teaching strategies that can help teachers improve the classrooms in all grades and subjects.
Classroom Management and Transitions
- Entry Routine is a technique in which teachers establish a consistent, daily routine that begins as soon as students enter the classroom—preparing learning materials, making seat assignments, passing in homework, or doing a brief physical “warm-up” activity would all be examples of entry routines. This technique can avoid the disorder and squandered time that can characterize the beginning of a class period.
- Do Now is a brief written activity that students are given as soon as they arrive in the classroom. This technique is intended to get students settled, focused, productive, and prepared for instruction as quickly as possible.
- Tight Transitions is a technique in which teachers establish transition routines that students learn and can execute quickly and repeatedly without much direction from a teacher. For example, a teacher might say “reading time,” and students will know that they are expected to stop what they are working on, put away their materials, get their books, and begin reading silently on their own. This technique helps to maximize instructional time by reducing the disarray and delay that might accompany transitions between activities.
- Seat Signals is a technique in which students use nonverbal signals while seated to indicate that they need something, such as a new pencil, a restroom break, or help with a problem. This technique establishes expectations for appropriate communication and helps to minimize disruptions during class.
- Props is the act of publicly recognizing and praising students who have done something good, such as answering a difficult question or helping a peer. Props is done by the entire class and is typically a short movement or spoken phrase. The technique is intended to establish a group culture in which learning accomplishments and positive actions are socially valued and rewarded.
- Nonverbal Intervention is when teachers establish eye contact or make gestures that let students know they are off-task, not paying attention, or misbehaving. The technique helps teachers efficiently and silently manage student behavior without disrupting a lesson.
- Positive Group Correction is a quick, affirming verbal reminder that lets a group of students know what they should be doing. Related techniques areAnonymous Individual Correction, a verbal reminder that is directed at an anonymous student; Private Individual Correction, a reminder given to an individual student as discretely as possible; and Lightning-Quick Public Correction, a quick, positive reminder that tells an individual student what to do instead of what not to do.
- Do It Again is used when students do not perform a basic task correctly, and the teacher asks them to do it again the correct way. This technique establishes and reinforces consistent expectations for quality work.
The 3 slides talk about transitions for young children but the same types of techniques can be used for middle school as well.