Get them organised with the Apimac Timer

apimacMy last post on the 5 classroom uses for the Apimac Timer is still one of my top posts by a long shot. My Apimac Timer is always in use and I find it really handy as a tool for timing talks ,speeches and presentations. It is important to stay on time and not to take up excess with the sound of my own voice more than necessary so the Apimac timer has taught me to be disciplined when I speak/teach or prepare a presentation. In class this year it has been used for the senior students to give them a specific amount of time to do a piece of writing or prepare an oral. It means they are focused on productivity. For this reason I use it a lot with my year 8s because they don’t have a sense of urgency so I am trying to give them a sense of organisation by using the timer. By contrast, my year 9s are very good at being organised so I use the timer to give them a certain amount of time to be ready for a presentation.

With the year 8s I use the timer:

1.To give them time to find a partner

2.To give them time to organise the apps and materials they need for the next part of the lesson

3.To give them time to record an oral (or they’d take all day!)

4.To give them time to prepare some ideas and resources

5.To give them time to upload something onto the LMS

6.To give them time to photograph what’s on the board and turn it into a better version

7.To give them time to practise for an oral

8. To give them a little in class break if we have been working hard

9. To go on our vocabulary learning software to have a practice

10. To give them time to practise what we have just learned and come up with their own versions

The year 8s love the timer. They love seeing how much time they have left and if I use the timer they invariably finish the task before the time goes off and sit their really pleased. They also know I have been rewarding their efficiency by having extra time on their vocabulary learning apps and they love those. Older students just appreciate having a countdown in front of them which they can consult as needed. It helps them manage their allocated time better and somehow makes them feel they are in control.

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