Routines and Procedures

Laser Transitions

Laser Transitions is a silent way for me to signal to my students that it is time for them to transition off of the computers to a different station. Using this strategy I am able to cue students on the computers while I continue to wrap things up with my students who are either in a mini-lesson with me or at another workstation. This strategy helps me support my students to stay on task until the end of a rotation and to transition smoothly from one station to another.

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Students In Action
 
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an image of the laser pointer I utilize to get my students' attention quickly and silently. When they see the light from this laser pointer, they efficiently stop what they're doing and understand it is time to move onto the next task.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an image of the laser pointer I utilize to get my students' attention quickly and silently. When they see the light from this laser pointer, they efficiently stop what they're doing and understand it is time to move onto the next task.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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