An Unbelievably Simple Back-to-School Transition Strategy

It’s back-to-school time. Not the one at the beginning of the school year – the one that happens after a long weekend or break. This back-to-school transition is just as important, but you may not have as much time to spend on getting-to-know-you activities, expectations, and classroom routines. You need something quick and easy to help your students transition back to school. Luckily, I know just the thing!

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You need to rebuild rapport and re-establish expectations and routines, but with less time to do it, and far less receptive students.

Get Your Students Back on Track After a School BreakSometimes when you open the door after an extended break, you hardly recognize your students.  They’re taller and/or thicker and almost look like they belong in the next grade. There are new haircuts and new hair colors. Braces have been added (or removed.) It’s like you have a whole new batch of students.

And it’s up to you transition these “new” students back to school. You need to rebuild rapport and re-establish expectations and routines, but with less time to do it, and far less receptive students.

At the beginning of the year, students are curious about how things work in your room, and getting -to-know-you activities seem natural and fun. Curriculum pressure hasn’t started yet, and testing is a long way off. Now it’s a different story.

Quick and Easy Back-to-School Transition Strategy

Luckily there’s a quick and easy back-to-school transition strategy that builds rapport and also communicates that it’s time to learn.

Luckily there’s a quick and easy back-to-school transition strategy that builds rapport and also communicates that it’s time to learn. Simply gift your students with new school supplies, such as a brand-new pencil, pen, spiral notebook, sticky notes, or fine-tipped marker.  If you have extra time, you can package the new supplies in gift bags with a welcome-back note.

This back-to-school transition strategy can be especially powerful when paired with a new seating arrangement, a class meeting to revisit and revise class agreements, and/or a new incentive system. Then when you jump back into academics, your students will have a fresh new start and a reminder of expectations.

And no excuses for not having their supplies, at least for a minute or two.

This back-to-school transition strategy can be especially powerful when paired with a new seating arrangement, a class meeting to revisit and revise class agreements, and/or a new incentive system.

What Is Your Back-to-School Transition Strategy?

Have you tried giving out new supplies after a break, or do you have another back-to-school transition strategy that works well for you? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment and let us know what works for you.

Now go create a great day for yourself and your students!

Katrina Ayres, PositiveTeachingStrategies.com

An Unbelievably Simple Way to Help Your Students Readjust to School After a Long Break

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