Trillium Montessori Talks podcast

033: Handling Transitional Moments in the Elementary Classroom

15 Sekunden vorwärts
15 Sekunden vorwärts

Transition times in the elementary classroom can be tough. Children find it particularly difficult for a number of reasons, and it can be a struggle for teachers as well to make sure that the day flows as smoothly as possible for all of their students.

In today’s episode, I’m sharing about best practices, as well as what to avoid, when it comes to different types of transitions throughout the school day. Considering psychological characteristics of elementary children, implementing tangible practices into your day, and observing both group (whole and small) and individual transitions will allow you to focus on what’s most important: student learning and engagement.

What’s in this episode:

[02:00] Why it’s important to watch for small group and individual transitions in addition to the more obvious whole group transitions, and the signs to look out for in a child struggling with a transition

[05:36] How to consider Dr. Maria Montessori’s psychological characteristics of the elementary child when planning for challenging transitions in the classroom

[15:21] How to support students during transitional times throughout the day, and what to steer clear of

[23:05] Tangible systemic practices to incorporate into your daily transitions

[26:17] An example of how to personalize a solution to a child’s transitional struggles 

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