School-Based Intervention Idea from


Transition Quickly  (Gettinger & Seibert, 2002; Gettinger, 1988)

When students transition quickly between educational activities and avoid instructional 'dead time', their attention is less likely to wander.

Train students to transition appropriately by demonstrating how they should prepare for common academic activities, such as group lecture and independent seatwork. Have them practice these transitions, praising the group for timely and correct performance. Provide additional 'coaching' to individual students as needed. During daily instruction, verbally alert students several minutes before a transition to another activity is to occur.


Gettinger, M. (1988). Methods of proactive classroom management. School Psychology Review, 17, 227-242.

Gettinger, M., & Seibert, J.K. (2002). Best practices in increasing academic learning time. In A. Thomas (Ed.), Best practices in school psychology IV: Volume I (4th ed., pp. 773-787). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

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