A simple strategy to make transitions faster

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A simple strategy to make transitions faster

As teachers, we're used to transitions - transitions to lunch, the bathroom, recess, or even transitions to and from class if we teach older students. One thing we all hope to do is make those transitions faster so that we aren't wasting instructional time. In this episode, I share a simple strategy to make transitions faster. Tune in to learn more!


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Hey there, fellow educators! Welcome back to another episode of "Let's Chat Teaching" with me, your host, Nicole Sanders. Today, we're rolling up our sleeves and delving into the nitty-gritty of classroom transitions. You know, those moments when the bell rings and it's time to shift gears, whether it's from morning arrival to lesson kickoff or from one subject to the next. Yep, those transitions. So, grab your coffee, and let's dive right in!

First off, let's talk about the golden rule of transitions: repetition and routine. As teachers, we're like conductors orchestrating the flow of our classrooms, and routine is our trusty baton. Find a routine that works, stick with it like glue, and only switch it up if it's not working. Students thrive on predictability, so consistency is key.

Now, here's where the magic happens—gamification! Who knew turning transitions into a game could be such a game-changer? Picture this: the quickest table group or individual to ace the transition scores points. And hey, those points add up to some sweet rewards at the end of the week. Whether it's fewer homework assignments or first dibs in line, make it fun and watch those transitions fly by in record time.

But wait, there's more! Use a tool that you already have: your whiteboard. Before the bell rings, have directions on the board ready to go. From greeting messages to step-by-step task lists, give students a roadmap to success. And here's the kicker—no questions until those instructions are checked off. 

And let's not forget about exit strategies. When it's time to wrap up another class period, put those instructions back up on the board. Be sure they are clear and concise. 

So, let's raise a toast to tightening up those transitions. Whether you're a routine rockstar or looking to spice things up, remember: this stuff matters. It's all part of crafting that dream classroom experience.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!



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