Spending time with students transitioning after a break (or even a weekend) can help students refocus and center the class on the relationships built and community of the classroom. Some questions to use as openers for transition are found in the book When Teaching Gets Tough: Smart Ways to Reclaim Your Game by Allen Mendler (2012). Here are a few to get started:
- What is one thing you did, saw, or heard this weekend that was interesting?
- Who would like to share something important that happened to them?
- Is there anything that happened that made you feel happy? sad? mad? disappointed? scared?
- What is something that made you feel proud? What would make you feel even more proud?
What are some ways you help your students transition back to school after a weekend or a break?