Classroom transitions- all schools have them. Most teachers hate them. Whether it be between classrooms or between subjects or times of day. Transitions can be the most challenging times of day for our young students. So many student issues arise just before, during and just after transitions.
My new favorite transition strategy is one I call "R & B." Students may Read or deep Breathe at their desk. They are typically 2-5 minutes long and I often play music. Early in the year I teach my students how to belly breathe. I have found that my wiggliest students actually REALLY enjoy the few minutes to just "breathe out" so to speak. Even though it takes a few minutes from the start of my next lesson, I have found it pays HUGE dividends in the long run and my students are more engaged and productive afterwards.
What strategies have you used to smooth transitions? How do you structure the various transitions so students will be more successful switching gears to the next thing?
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