Ok… so how many of you have “pokey puppies” in your room? I believe that was everyone who raised their hand! LOL! I’ve had 1 or 2 in the past…you know the ones who can’t seem to do anything in a quick AND orderly fashion? Well this year, it seems like half my class falls into the pokey puppy category! No joke! There was just no sense of urgency with these kiddos and it was starting to eat into our valuable instruction time! I knew I had to tighten up our transitions! There’s just soooo much to do, and NEVER enough time to do it! Today, I’m going to share a little classroom management tip that really helped to speed things along!
Using a Timer
I introduced the use of my timer during our transition times…
Now, I couldn’t just be a “time-mider” and hassle my kiddos about their lack of time awareness, so I set out a challenge. Each time I pulled out my timer or stop watch, I always started with a challenge.
“Do you think we can clean up and be ready for centers in 2 minutes?”
“How long do you think it can take us to walk to P.E. today?”
“If you can pack n’ stack in less than 3 minutes, I’ll put a fuzzy in the jar”
Now that last one is the icing on the cake! I’ve always found you get more bees with honey, so offering a small yet effective reward seems to make the challenge that much sweeter!
So now my line looks like this…
My afternoon looks like this…
and my transition to centers looks like this…
Other suggestions for using a timer:
–While playing a game like, “I Have, Who Has”
-Finding buddies for a partner activity
-Cleaning up centers
-Cleaning the floor
-Practicing math facts
Hopefully this little classroom management trick will help you wrangle in those slow movers and help you take back your instructional time!