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This is a shot of the surround sound speakers in my classroom. It may seem like overkill, but my students really enjoy the music transitions. Why not have great surround sound to facilitate it?
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Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a shot of the surround sound speakers in my classroom. It may seem like overkill, but my students really enjoy the music transitions. Why not have great surround sound to facilitate it?
 
Routines and Procedures

Transition Signals

Formal transitions happen twice during a double-block period. My students have to move from one section of my extra-large classroom (3 classrooms merged into one) and move to another section for a new lesson with a new teacher. My students have two minutes to transition from session to session, and we play a variety of interesting music on the surround sound stereo system to keep it fun.

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This is a shot of the surround sound speakers in my classroom. It may seem like overkill, but my students really enjoy the music transitions. Why not have great surround sound to facilitate it?
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a shot of the surround sound speakers in my classroom. It may seem like overkill, but my students really enjoy the music transitions. Why not have great surround sound to facilitate it?
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Seventh grade
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Number of Adults: six teachers; one Operations Technology Associate; SPED teacher(s) and/or paraprofessionals (as needed)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 92 minutes (divided into two 36 minute sessions)

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