Transitioning back into instruction
Changing subjects throughout the day can be a difficult task
for teachers, as students get lost in the commotion of switching
books and shuffling papers. Follow these tips to keep your students
in learning mode:
1.Dive into a warm-up activity
Transition times tend to expand, so set a time limit. Give students two minutes to gather their materials or grab a drink of water before moving to the next warm-up. You might choose vocabulary-building exercises, a simple math game or practicing problems from the previous day’s class. It helps students prime their brains for the next lesson.
2. Set a calm ambiance with dim lights and relaxing music
Classical music is known to have a calming effect on children and adults. Download a number of classical songs on your computer that range in tempo from mellow and relaxing to more upbeat and energizing, depending on the mood you are going for. It’s a great way for the students (and teachers) to decompress.
3. Lead students in breathing or stretching exercises
As the day progresses, instruct students to spend a few moments stretching, taking deep breaths or meditating. Directing their thoughts toward particular topics can also help students focus during the meditation. Once students get good at this, have them take turns leading the exercises.
4. Let them read or write independently
If you have silent-reading time built into your reading instruction, after recess is the perfect time to schedule it. Let students self-select their books and choose a spot in the classroom aside from their desk. They will reap the benefit of independent reading, as well as break the monotonous routine of sitting at their desks.