July 12, 2006
Students are often slow to transition from one subject to the next. Requesting students to open their books to a particular page, to head their notebook paper, etc. can result in many minutes of wasted time. Instead, whenever possible I ask students to prepare for their next lesson just before leaving for recess, lunch, music, or art class. Because they want to go to lunch or recess quickly, they will open their books and head their notebook papers so they can proceed to recess, lunch, etc. Upon returning to the classroom, their desks are set with materials ready to begin the lesson right away. There aren't any wasted minutes or stalling!