Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tips #106-110

Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #106

EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART II
TRANSITION TEAMS, NOT STUDENTS
Once the expectation for transition is set (example: clean, quiet tables), make sure entire teams are dismissed one at a time, not by individual student. This allows peer pressure to get people quiet and clean, not teacher pressure.

 

Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #107

EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART III
LOCK IT IN
Wait for every single person on every single team to exhibit the required behaviors for dismissal. “Lock in” to your brain the order in which each team exhibited the required behaviors for dismissal. Once the entire class is perfect, THEN dismiss the teams one at a time with just enough time for students to line up, go to the carpet, etc.

 

Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #108

EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART IV
ONLY DISMISS STUDENTS FOR THE FIRST SEVEN HOURS OF THE YEAR
After that, have the first student you see exhibiting the required behaviors dismiss by “Locking It In”. This gives away control in a healthy way, encourages kids to exhibit the required behaviors, shows your students that their transitions are their problems, and allows you to have time get something else done.

 

Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #109

EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART IV
INSTEAD OF TELLING KIDS WHAT TO DO, HAVE A SNACK
Have a student “Lock It In” and then have a snack while he or she is dismissing. There is no better way to show students that their successful transition from one thing to another is their problem, not yours. *Hint: Eating your lunch while your students are being “Locked In” for their lunch is particularly effective.

 

Kid Whisperer Nation Teacher Tip #110

EFFECTIVE TRANSITIONS PART V
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
If your students are not able to effectively transition from one place to another (seats to line, seats to carpet, carpet to line, etc.) have them go sit back down, wait to be dismissed again (last), and try it again. Do this as long as it is convenient. After that, delay the team consequence and have them come in later at a time that is convenient and they can practice transitioning until they get it right.