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Making Clear Transitions Between Lessons

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P.J. Auchterlonie | Caldwell Elementary | Wichita, Kansas

Making it clear when one lesson ends and a new one begins helps students focus, stay engaged, and prepare to learn. Reviewing rules and expectations with the class encourages good habits for transitioning between lessons.

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Children learn often when they’re in a large group. And when they’re in a large group, there might be multiple lessons taught to them. It’s really important to be able to tell them when you’re done with one lesson, and you’re going to start another lesson. In order to help them re-engage in participating. It’s also good to remind them of the rules, of how to sit be a listener, and get ready to learn. Teacher: “Good afternoon, how are you?” Class: “Good.” Teacher: “So you have just finished calendar, and we are getting ready for A.B.C. When we’re doing A.B.C, and you are sitting on the rug, let’s check and see what we are doing. You need to be sitting crisscross applesauce, you are Whole-body listening and you are a level zero. Give me a thumbs up if you are doing those things. Nice.

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