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Effective Transitions Essentials

Live • Online • 15 PD Hours

Classroom Management Credential Track

Turn transition time into sound-and-play-based learning opportunities you and your students look forward to every day.

Do you wish that you had a better way to get through all those challenging transition times during the day? Learn to treat those minutes as a precious resource-a special time to explore a joyful mini-curriculum over the course of the year, building skills that are crucial to academic success. This course focuses on best practices for educators in using sound (and silence) to help children develop and enhance their active listening, executive function, and social-emotional skills.

This course is built for teachers and coaches! You will learn the skills needed to manage classrooms of any size, including how to establish clear expectations, set boundaries, anticipate problems, and react proactively when they do.

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: In addition to on-demand coursework, mandatory live instruction sessions are held on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Completion Timeline/Duration: Four weeks

Head Start Alignment: This curriculum supports young children’s learning across various Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) learning domains, including: Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Communication; Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

Module Topics: 

  1. Introduction to Creative Sound Play and the Greenfield Method
  2. Putting Theory into Practice: Using the Three Basic Elements of Sound
  3. Using Sound Sculptures for Transitions
  4. Counting, Clapping, and Stomping
  5. Counting with Pitch and Duration

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of active listening skills and sound play in creating social-emotional learning environments that enable children to feel safe and enjoy learning.
  • Develop the fundamental ability to create and communicate sound and silence using the three basic elements of sound (pitch, volume, and duration)

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15 Hours of Course Material

Online, Self-Paced Content

Months of Access to Course

Video Content
Discussion Forums
Digital Badge
Certificate of Completion with PD Hours
24/7 Access to Transcript

Course Author

Hayes Greenfield

Hayes Greenfield

Hayes Greenfield is a New York City based producer, composer, saxophonist, filmmaker, bandleader, and educator. Hayes has recorded and produced a number of critically acclaimed albums, received awards in all of his endeavors, and played throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Hayes began developing the Greenfield Method in the early 2000s while working with special needs high school students. While at the Detroit's Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Hayes created a three-year pilot program for Detroit public school pre-K teachers to work with sound as part of the PNC Bank Grow Up Great early childhood education initiative.

In 2012, Hayes contacted Clancy Blair and Cybele Raver—two acclaimed developmental neuroscientists working at New York University—who immediately recognized the Greenfield Method's potential and introduced Hayes to the award-winning Early Childhood Center at Lenox Hill NeighborHood House. Over a five year period, Hayes worked with the Center’s teachers and students to implement and codify his method.

Hayes is also the creator of Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, an award-winning family CD, and interactive, K-12 jazz performance/workshop assembly program that has performed internationally for over 300,000 young people. His second award-winning family album, Music for a Green Planet, celebrates Green, Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

What learners are saying...

Transitions have become so easy since taking this training. Since incorporating what I learned the students have so much fun and have adapted relatively well."- Errica Pope, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Family Center