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Why should I do it?

  • Some students have difficulty regulating themselves and keeping track of time in their head
  • Some students need more defined and predictable structure
  • The timer can provide motivation as the student can try to “beat” the clock

When should I do it?

  • When student has difficulty staying on task
  • When a student takes too long to finish a task
  • When a student has low motivation

How do I do it?

  • Get a small timer and place on student’s desk
  • For each assignment, give student several minutes to complete it
  • If timer is too distracting for student, keep it on your desk but show student how much time they have
  • You can also break up the assignment and use the timer for each portion
  • Challenge the student to beat the timer

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