Middle School Teacher in Rural Alaska


on March 17, 2012

This video describes how a teacher manages transitions in her classroom. With my middle school students I have the “magic word” – which is “Go.” Students aren’t allowed to move or do anything until the word “go” is stated. This teacher uses a similar idea, except that the transition word changes each day and is related to academic vocabulary. I’m always trying to find more ways to incorporate academic vocabulary in my teaching, so this is one thing I may try.

In the video she also dismisses students by groups through a grab bag quiz. To earn their way back to their seats students need to answer a quick academic question. Looked to me like a great way to transition when you don’t want all students moving at once and is also another great way to fit academics into every moment.


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