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Friday, August 23, 2013
Great Book and Tape Set
Transitioning students from one activity to another seems to
be one of the most difficult tasks for some teachers to accomplish, which is
understandable when they have 12-15 students in their group.
Since I am not familiar with everyone’s individual classroom
schedule, I am going to give you a few examples of transitions from circle
time, to center time and then to large group and from lunchtime to nap-time.
When transiting students from circle time to center time or
free play; instead of allowing the students to be dismissed all at once, ask
them to tell you which center they want to go to. This not only gives them an understanding
that centers exist in the classroom, but it also familiarizes them with the
centers. In addition, it allows you to keep track of how many students are in
each center. You can also use this
technique to see which centers your students are most interested in, making
adjustments so that they are interesting again.
When the students transition from centers to the tables for
a large group activity and or projects, have them meet you in a central area,
use that area each day. I would suggest
that you make your circle time area that central area; it is usually the most
open area in the classroom.
While students are in their centers, and when it is five
minutes before clean up time, give them a five minute warning, letting them
know that they have five more minutes to play before it is time to clean
up. This gives them a sense of not only
time, but a window to know that clean up time is approaching so that they can
finish what they are doing. To keep
students calm during transitions from center time, allow them to have a saving
table, so that they can put any items that they have built and want to finish
Instruct your students to meet you in circle time once they
have finish cleaning up their center. If you will be going outside after your
table activity, have the students clean-up, go potty and then sit on the
floor/carpet in the circle time area.
When five or six of your students are in the circle time area; put an
audio story on and pick a student to hold the book; put the student with the book in a chair while
the others students sit around him/her on the floor. I use the books that have a beep when it’s
time to turn the page, since these are easier for the students to follow. By
doing this, it will calm the students down and encourage the students that are
still cleaning to speed up.
While the students are calm and settled down; take this time
to either prepare your table for the next project and or activity, or excuse
the students two at a time so that they can get their jackets for outside play.
Once the audio and book is completed, excuse each student to
the table or lined them up for outside play by asking them to tell you one
thing that they liked about the story.
To transition students from lunch time to nap-time, put out
either books at a table or allow them to play at the Lego table. I find that sitting students at the table
with a variety of books to choose from keeps them quieter than putting them in
the library; it really depends on your students. Whatever you decided to do,
have it prepared ahead of time and let your students know what you want them to
do while they are still sitting at the table.
Take this time to put down mats/cots, pillows and blankets,
call each student to their bed as you put the beds down, this might be
difficult as first, but if you are consistent they will go with no hassle. For the students that have a hard time
settling down, allow them to help you dump the serving bowls and sweep the
floors. This will give you the opportunity to have a little one on one time
with them when it is time for them to lie down.
Allow students to have a book while they relaxed on their
mats/cots since it takes some students longer than others to settle down. This will
give you the opportunity to finish the cleaning and deal with unscheduled
mishaps. Remember to give them a five
minute warning before you start picking up the books.
Once everyone is settled and quiet, put on your sleepy time
music very low, then sit with your students and read them a story until some of
them drift off to sleep.
If you instruct your students on the activity or
instructions that come next, and they know what is expected of them, you will
have smoother transitions.
Try to have the least amount of transitions as possible; too
many changes too quickly doesn't allow students to get engaged in play, and
that’s how they learn.