Sunday, 11 October 2015
We are heading in to Term 4 here in Australia, the end of the year is in sight and that means a busy, time coming up! Even though this last term can be filled with fun activities it seems like there is always so much to do besides teaching as another year wraps up, cleaning, sorting, passing on information to new teachers, end of year concerts and performances...the list could go on and on.
To help keep you on the right track I have teamed up with some of my favourite blogging buddies with some simple tips and tricks to get you and your students through to the end :)
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I have 2 easy and simple things to share with you to help ease the transition from one year to the next for your students.
1. If your school has a transition time for kiddos going up a grade then that is great! This is such a wonderful time for them to get a feel for their new classroom or area of the school and lets face it some of our kiddos need lots of time to get used to a new setting. In addition to the mandated transition visit, I like to take my class to the new area of the school at different times of the day, for example my Year 2 kiddos will be eating lunch with the primary students next year in a different area, so I will take them to eat lunch a few times before the end of the year. I also take them on a "new playground tour" so they are aware of the boundaries and area they will be playing in. We often detour through the new area on our way to library or PE, it only takes a few minutes more and is very reassuring for some of my kiddos to be able to familiarise themselves. I have found this particularly useful for my special needs students.
2. Have your current class write a letter to the incoming class, this can be done as a whole class or individually. We leave each letter on desks so the incoming students are able to read them on their transition day, the smiles on their faces shows how much it helps them. We then display them on the bulletin board for the first few days back at school the next year. This is a great way for them to gain an understanding of classroom routines and expectations as well as letting them know a little bit about your through the eyes of your students. New parents may also find this information useful when visiting your classroom for the first time. Words written by children can be very powerful!
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