No Series: Ms. Noonan: Managing Transitions

Ms. Noonan: Managing Transitions

Lesson Objective: Maximize instruction by adding content into your transitions
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What is the class's daily routine for learning the word of the day?
  2. Why does Ms. Noonan have students "sit like a scholar" and wait before she says the word of the day?
  3. How does the "Grab Bag Quiz" help with classroom management as students move back to their desks?

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  • Private message to Shaun McClinton

Everything the teacher does has a purpose and in that, the students are able to learn and retain information while doing what the teacher wants. It's great

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 1. What is the class's daily routine for learning the word of the day?

In order to learn the daily word of the day students take turns choosing a word. The teacher helps them define it and understand it. The students will then hear it over and over throughout the day. This will give them an opportunity to use and learn the new word, therefore building vocabulary.  The word of the day is used also to get their attention before transitioning.

2. Why does Ms. Noonan have students "sit like a scholar" and wait before she says the word of the day?

Ms. Noonan has her students "sit like a scholar" because she wants to have their complete attention. I believe her high expectations for her students to behave like scholars and listen attentively is linked with that phrase. It is an established action for students in her routine. 

3. How does the "Grab Bag Quiz" help with classroom management as students move back to their desks?

I think that the  "Grab Bag Quiz" aides with classroom management. She uses previously learned content and uses it to review it by asking students for the answer. The student who answers will have their group model how to go back and get ready for group work.  Doing this will help students listen quietly so they can hear and answer the question. This makes them think about what they have learned. This transition helps the students listen attentively/pay attention throughout the day because the teacher may be asking about it during this time. It is a great way to build a quiet orderly routine while reviewing. 

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1. What is the class' daily routine for learning the word of the day?

The class' daily routine for learning the word of the day involves hearing it over and over throughout the day while also understanding the meaning during carpet time. I really like how she uses the word of the day to get their attention. By doing this routine, each student gets to enhance their vocabulary.

2. Why does Ms. Noonan have students "sit like a scholar" and wait before she says the word of the day?

Ms. Noonan has her students "sit like a scholar" to ensure that she has each students attention. 

3. How does the "Grab Bag Quiz" help with classroom management as students move back to their desks?

The "Grab Bag Quiz" helps with classroom management because it allows the students to reflect a little on what they have learned by answering questions. It also creates an easy transition to get each student back to their seat quietly. I think this helps the students listen and pay attention a little more. 

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1. The class's daily routine for using a word of the day for transitions in the classroom teaches students that learning is connected and every minute counts. They are responsible on a rotating basis for picking the word of the day which is supported by the teacher who helps them learn the meaning of the word. Hearing the word for transitions helps students remember and learn the meaning of the word as it is used to stimulate quick, focused transitions.

2.  Students know that  Ms. Noonan believes they are "scholars" because she calls them one everyday!  She keeps studednts actively engaged by stating her expectations clearly that they are to stop what they are doing, look at her with a call and response, and move only when she says the word of the day.  She is the facilator of learning in the classroom.

3.  Using the Grab Bag Quiz idea is an established routine with the expectation that students will need to choose to listen to all imformation and absorb it so that they will be able to answer a question in order for their group to quickly transition from the carpet to their work areas.  Not all students in the group raised their hands, but several did which gave them affirmation when they correctly answered the question.  This gave the students who did not raise their hand another opportunity to learn from their peers by hearing them explain the answer.  

I will be using all three ideas demonstrated in this video in my Visual Arts classroom.  Ms. Noonan demonstrated such helpful transition and classroom management ideas.  She affirms her students are indeed scholars and she invests in them with focused energy.

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1.  The class' daily routine for learning the Word of the Day is an awesome way to get the students to transition to learning and focusing.  They have to be listening and paying attention in order to follow the instructions.

2.  I love the way she has students "sit like a scholar" .  She uses creativity to ensure that her students will pay attention.

3. The "Grab Bag Quiz" helps with classroom management.  The students need to sit quietly and listen in order to hear the question.  This is also a good way to review what they have learned in a fun and interactive way.

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Transcripts

  • Classroom Close Up: E.L.A. Throughout the Day
    Managing Transitions with Madeline Noonan

    [01:00:09;22]
    Madeline: "Super scholar style in 3..2..1. Beautiful. Eyes

    Classroom Close Up: E.L.A. Throughout the Day
    Managing Transitions with Madeline Noonan

    [01:00:09;22]
    Madeline: "Super scholar style in 3..2..1. Beautiful. Eyes are over here. SWBAT."

    All: "SWBAT"

    Madeline: "Students will..."

    Classroom management is so important. And I think anytime you can embed any academic content in classroom management, it's really beneficial for students.

    "OK. Today, the Word of the Day."

    We transition by naming a word of the day - a root word that we've been studying, or it might be a word from our Social Studies unit, something content based that I want students to hear again, and again, and again, until it's just imprinted in thier memory.

    "Daniel's gonna choose our word of the day. 3..2.."

    Daniel: "Uh..I would want, um, quixotic."

    Madeline: "I'm sorry?"

    Daniel: "Quixotic"

    Madeline: "Oh, quixotic."

    Today's word of the day was quixotic, a particularly difficult one.

    "When you're seated like a scholar."

    Once we've selected that, we use that as a transition from our desks to the carpet.

    "Word of the day is quixotic."

    We'll define the word, and use that repeatedly throughout the day.

    "Our word of the day means impractical. Quixtotic is a great word. It comes from this book that you're going to read as a high schooler, as a college student, called Don Quixote. And, believe it or not, there's a guy in there who fights windmills, which is sort of funny, and not very practical."

    It's a really valuable opportunity to really have a word sort of marinate in their minds.

    "The word quixotic comes from Don Quixote."

    You can build on the word throughout the day to ensure that students are getting comfortable with its sound and its meaning.

    "Impractical. I say, you say, impractical."

    All: "Impractical"

    Madeline: "Impractical."

    All: "Impractical"

    Madeline: "So when you hear that word of the day that means impractical, you're gonna head to your desks. Quixotic"

    It's also a great management tool because often times as a teacher, when we give directions, students wanna already start, when we're only half way done with the directions.

    "One, two, three...eyes on me."

    All: "One, two...eyes on you."

    Madeline: "At this point, it is definitely time for science. When I say the word of the day, oh...if your pencils are writing, they need to stop. If your eyes are not on me, you need to swivel. Very nice. Thank you. When I say the word of the day, we're gonna put our materials away."

    It signals to them that we don't do anything until Miss Noonan says the word of the day.

    "Ohh! Quixotic!"

    It's a nice management technique, and also a great vocabulary builder.

    Another way we transition is through a Grab Bag Quiz.

    "I'm going to dismiss you in your groups. In order to get back to your group, you need to answer a Grab Bag Quiz question. I am looking for the capital of a state in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Maryland. Adeline."

    Adeline: "The capital of Maryland is Annapolis."

    Madeline: "How do you feel about that, class? Let's see Ravenpuff head back to their desks. Let's see how they do. I like how they're walking really quietly."

    I'll think of a question that we've already covered, be it geography, math, science, reading, and ask students to answer that.

    "I see the red folders coming out. Awesome! Eyes back up here. I'm looking for what 1/3 is as a percent. Daniel, your hand just shot up. Nice tracking."

    Daniel: "1/3 as a percent is 33%."

    Madeline: "How do you feel about that, class? I'm seeing a lot of agreement."

    So here, as opposed to just sending students to their desks en masse, it one, allows them to go in small groups, and model for their peers what a good transition looks like.

    "I'm looking for a group that could tell me if you were alive in colonial times, would you go to school in a schoolhouse, or would you go to school somewhere else? Ahh...Christopher."

    Two, the way you release them is content based. So, it's incentives for kids and their groups to really be focused throughout the day because they never know what that transition question is going to be.

    "For the final dismissal, we're just gonna head down to the Southwest. I'm wondering what the capital of New Mexico is."

    Student: "The capital of New Mexico is Santa Fe."

    Madeline: "How do you feel about that?"

    It's something that makes it more meaningful and more memorable to them as a student. So, anytime I can build that into our management system, it's really powerful for their learning, and their growth as a scholar.

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2825 International Boulevard
Oakland CA 94601
Population: 306

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