Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line!

Need help during the school day with your students' hallway transition behavior? I have just the tip with my FREE Yes Line! Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips with a free poster included for your classroom!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions From One Location to Another with A YES LINE!

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{May 2018} 
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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 This week's tip is about transitioning from your classroom to another location. 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line!
When I was teaching, my students LOVED this free reward. When we were going to lunch or the playground, I was always looking for "A YES Line" our class term for a terrific line in the hallway. When we got to lunch, the SILENT, UNSPOKEN QUESTION was, "Were we good?" If the answer was YES, they were allowed to move out of our normal ABC line order line and then sit with a friend at lunch. {Click for my ABC order line order post.}

If we were going to recess, "A YES Line" meant a few extra minutes on the playground. If we were going to PE, or Music, or the Library, a YES line might mean a few minutes of King Chase Queen at the end of the day, anything that your group might love that year as a reward.
It will cost you absolutely nothing, but your kids are going to ♥love this reward!

When everyone is moving around right before walking into the lunch room door, and you notice one person not having a friend to sit with, you can single this person out in a positive, wonderful way.
Let's pretend it is Michelle, if you see no one is including her, you can say, "I love how quiet and polite Michelle is being, would someone like to include this good citizen?" Then, BAM, if no one says anything in that split second, say, "Michelle, why don't you go right to the front of the line and pick someone to go with you." Instantly, everyone will want to be her friend. :)

Here's a little FREEBIE for you, a poster for your classroom door to remind everyone of a YES LINE!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line Plus a FREEBIE!
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  Michelle has some great tips about transitions and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
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In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!

Do you have a great classroom transition tip to share?



  1. What a great idea...I can totally make this fit with my warm fuzzy jar. The class gets a fuzzy in the jar every time they have great behavior. Their "YES" line could mean that they get a fuzzy toward a movie party, pajama day, etc. We often reward the "secret walker" for good hallway behavior. The kiddos all want to be "the one":). Thanks for the ideas! ajenes@tpaak.org

  2. Bless you for being sensitive to a child that doesn't get picked! This positive reward is surely a crowd pleaser! You are so clever!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

  3. Love these ideas, especially the one for "Michelle". What a great way to reward kids!

  4. I have been struggling with this exact situation. I love this idea! I will definitely incorporate this starting tomorrow for our transition line. As a class, they do struggle with just about anything you can imagine. It is only recently too. I am not sure why they decided to start struggling while transitioning but I hope this idea does work. A 'Yes Line' I will keep you posted with how this goes. Thanks, again, for the great idea!!


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