Every September, teachers plan and create transition lessons for their new class. This is something I specifically discuss with schools when they are looking to implement Clicker in preparation for a new school year.
This transition period isn’t just to welcome pupils back from their time off - it is used to move them confidently into their new curriculum and set expectations for the year ahead. When I was teaching, I spent days organising even the simplest of activities, from creating documents and cutting them out, to sharing everything with the class.
However, this crucial time can be used much more effectively, with the help of Clicker and some simple transition ideas.
About me activities are a great way to get pupils to open up to their new teacher. It also allows us to see what barriers we might face in future lessons. Usually, these would be printed booklets. However, with a simple Clicker Custom Set label activity, this can be far more interactive and gives pupils the options to choose from, taking away any anxiety they may have.
Every classroom needs rules. Rules set boundaries and help pupils to understand what each lesson’s expectations are. Without these guidelines, pupils may be unaware of what goals they need to achieve and more importantly how to achieve them in an effective way.
In my personal experience whilst teaching as well as visiting schools around the North of England, these types of activities are often made on a whiteboard or flip chart paper. They are often taken down after a few days of the class discussing them. However, with the use of a Clicker Custom Set, these rules can be kept electronically and printed off on A4 paper, being easier to display within the classroom.
These are just a couple of ways you could use Clicker to help children transitioning in September. If you would like to discuss how Clicker can support your new pupils, don’t hesitate to get in touch email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in this short form to book in a free web demo.