Managing the Time

It can be difficult to transition from one section of a session to another. Perhaps moving between concepts seems abrupt, or perhaps your students are caught up in an active learning exercise in a database and you need them to stop their searching and move on to the next concept. There are a number of methods you can use to make transitions.


You can use questions and answers to sum up one section and move on to another concept in a number of ways. The section, Asking and Answering Questions describes how to do so effectively.

A change in the environment

Turning music on during active learning times and off when you resume lecturing is a good way to signal transition.

Active learning exercises

You can strategically schedule active learning exercises during the session to signal transitions. For example, you may start out discussing databases and have a database searching exercise. After students report back on the exercise, it is a natural time to move on to the next concept or skill.

Transition sentences

Before your session, plan transition sentences and write them out in your outline. Transition sentences are sentences such as "Next we are going to talk about. . ." or "Now that we have learned about [what you just covered], we are ready to move on to. . .” Consider scripting these transitions when you teach a session for the first time.