There are 13 days until the end of the school year and I have yet to get my class to be able to stay quiet during transitions. Anytime we are switching activities, passing out papers, collecting papers, stopping learning time for a nanosecond, there is talking – and not whispering but full, loud conversations – usually in Arabic or French (the home language of most of my students) going on in my room. Then, recently, I came upon a solution – let them sing!
All year long, I have been teaching my kids little songs, some are related to our curriculum, some are to build rhyming and phonemic awareness, and some are just playground songs that my students aren’t aware of because on our playground, they sing in French or Arabic, lol! So, the other day, I decided I couldn’t take the transition noise one more minute, and I just called out “Miss Mary Mack”, and while I was passing out papers, all of the kids sang the song. Now, this didn’t make my room any quieter, but it kept them all focused on one thing, and when the song was done, I was able to pick up teaching without any wait time – amazing! So, we are spending the last 13 days of school singing, and it puts us ALL in a better mood!
How are you managing those restless munchkins at this time of the year?