Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education


Transitions take time in any classroom. First grade students make many transitions in a day. Students transition from activity to activity as well as moving from location to location. With a limited amount of instructional time, teachers strive to have their students engaged in learning and to increase the students’ time on task. There are transitional strategies available that teachers utilize to decrease transition time and increase student-learning time. Two such strategies are visual cues, such as a timer; and auditory cues, like a song. The goal of this research study was to discover effective transition strategies for first grade students to increase time on-task behavior and decrease transition time. The study results revealed that both the use of a visual timer and the use of a musical transition did decrease transition time.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education