Transitioning in the classroom seems like a small thing. It only takes a few minutes to transition from one subject/class to another. If the kids are running a bit slow, 2-3 minutes might turn into 5-6 minutes or more. That is a small amount, right?
Take into consideration the number of times a day you are transitioning from one thing to another. Is it 4,5,6…more? Let’s settle on 6 transitions a day. At 5 minutes each you have just used a half-hour of teaching time…each day! That is 2.5 hours a week. For a 36 week schedule that is 90 hours a year. It adds up fast. Imagine being able to get even half of that time back…
Teachers are finding that music is a great way to make transitions smoother and more efficient in their classroom. By spending a few minutes to introduce the concept they are saving hours in the long run. Students will quickly associate the song to the task at hand and start the process as soon as they hear it. By utilizing the same song every day, students also start to understand how much time they have by recognizing how much of the song is left. Add in the fact that it is more fun than hearing the teacher say 25 times that “it is time to go” and I am sold!
I know what many of you may be thinking, “That is a great idea, but how am I going to get that done every day? I have enough trouble keeping up with what I am doing now.” I hear you loud and clear. You don’t need another thing to do every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to set your computer to automatically play your transitions every day? Let me introduce you to the Task Scheduler.
The Task Scheduler can be accessed through your start menu under accessories. It will allow you to set as many tasks as you want, as often as you want. All you will need to do is have your music files stored on your computer so they can be accessed by the scheduler. To learn how to schedule tasks, a cheat sheet has been created to walk you through the process on a Windows machine.
If you are looking for some music to use for this task or for any other projects you are doing in class, FreePlayMusic.com is a great place to go. All the music there is royalty and copyright free. It is all instrumental so you have no worries about lyrics either. To learn more about FreePlayMusic and how to download from the site, refer to this cheat sheet.
Both cheat sheets are located on the iCafe website.
Gain some of your valuable classroom time back. Give the Task Scheduler a try!