Transitions are a difficult time for students. It’s easy for kids to misbehave and waste time. I don’t have all the answers for successful transitions, but I do have one: SING! If kids are singing, they can’t talk. (You might have to start the song over a few times to enforce this.)
If kids are singing Best Multiplication Songs EVER!, they are learning their times tables during each transition. My multiplication songs are short—most are about 30 seconds long. It’s a good length of time for many transitions.
My class works on times tables in a team approach. Say we are working on 3s. We sing the 3s while we line up for recess, lunch, special, end of day, you name it! We sing our 3s if we have a little time between activities.
It’s simple, effective, and educational.