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Tick Tock.

Tick Tock.

I had a college professor that was notorious for ending every class by saying, "a teacher's greatest obstacle is the clock." I thought he was a bit nuts. Turns out the man knew what he was talking about.

This week I'm going to share my tips for staying on a schedule.

Using a timer in the classroom is somewhat standard. I used it for years. It kept me on schedule, but I can't say that it helped my students. They would plug along at their assignments and suddenly a beeping noise would signal them to stop.

These days I use an online timer and really feel it helps my friends better manage their time. I feared the visual would be distracting, but it hasn't been a problem. The counting down clock is a great tool for keeping them on task.

We use it for everything from snack to guided reading. I keep it running on my desktop computer since I'm never at the desk. Setting the clock at the start of a lesson is one of the jobs I assign to a student.

Here's the link to the clock I use: Online Egg Timer (I like it in the full screen mode)


This is something I stumbled upon by chance.

I didn't initially purchase it for the classroom.

I bought it for my son during the summer that he boycotted naps, yet I needed my sanity. We implemented a 30 minute "quiet rest time" and I bought this to help put an end to the constant questioning of, "Is it time to get up yet?"

This timer provides a great visual for even the youngest learners.

I like to use it in my classroom for the students who sometimes need some assistance staying focused to complete a task. I find it really helps teach them how to manage their time.

I bought it at Lakeshore.

I don't use timers during parent/teacher conferences, but I know a lot of teachers do. I think this would be a great tool for that purpose. It won't make a rude buzzing or beeping sound to signal time is up, but it will be obvious.

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