Transitions: A key part of the classroom

During the hustle and bustle of the day, teachers need ways to get ahold of their students. These ways need to be quick and effective so that they can have as much learning as possible. The way to do this is through effective transitions.

Transitions is something evaluators look at because they are essential to classroom management. An instructor needs to be able to guide their students to another activity without lots of time in between. In physical education, we want our students to be moving as much as possible during our class times. Transitions help us keep them moving during our class periods.

I have listed out many different ideas for transitions! However, you need to find what works best for you and how you teach. I hope this gives you some inspiration.

Call & Response

Call and Responses are fun ways to get your students attentions. You can teach them a couple of them so you can switch them up. I find these work really well in the elementary setting.

Teacher Says: “Peanut Butter” Student says: “Jelly”

Teacher says: “Hey” Student says ” Ho, Let’s go!”

Teacher says: “eyes on me” Student says: “eyes on you”

If you can hear me, put your hands on your head” – you can change up the body parts and make this interactive while they quiet down.

State related Sports – Example for Wisconsin – bum bum bum bum bum bum “Go Pack Go” (this is what happens at a Green Bay Packers Game)

Clapping sequences- Teacher claps and students responses with the same

Key Word

Key words are quick and easy ways to get students attention. You can teach them that when you hear this word all noise stops and your looking at the teacher. In the physical education setting, you can have the students put there hands on there knees so they aren’t moving around until told to do so.

“Freeze” (This one is my personal favorite in the PE setting. I have the students put their hands on their knees and have voices off. I can get my students to move to another activity really quick.)

School mascot (ex. Pioneers)



Sounds are really nice because the teacher does not have to raise their voice. They can also be quick and effective like the other types of transitions.

Doorbell – Teachers will get the plug in the wireless door bell and keep the button with them to use! They even have a bunch of sounds to chose from!

Whistle – This is a classic in PE but can be used to get attention too!

What transitions do you use? What ones are you planning to use? Let me know!

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