Now that spring allows for more outdoor play, do you find that the transition back to the classroom is difficult for your students? Do some burst into the room with reports of squabbles? Do others continue chattering to classmates? How do you get them to refocus for the afternoon?
A fixed routine will help your students get back into rhythm. Some teachers reserve 10 minutes after recess for a read aloud time. Others play soft classical music while students finish any undone morning work. A bathroom break works for some classes. Reading around the room helps some students settle into “learning mode.” Whatever method you choose, a routine will reinforce that it’s time to get back to work.