Time on Task: Increase Focus & Productivity
Lesson Objective: Enhance student and teacher productivity by consistently timing tasks
All Grades / All Subjects / Timers

Thought starters

  1. How does establishing a specific time for tasks increase student productivity?
  2. What is the impact of the using a timer on the teacher's effectiveness?
  3. Notice how the timing of tasks helps lesson flow and transitions between tasks.?
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Great idea ! Thank you.
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This maybe helpful but all students may not like or understand the concept or make a connection
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I like this idea. Thanks.
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creating that structure by keeping track of time is important. It helps with the focusing especially in the MS.
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some students require mor time because of the way they learn
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Transcripts

  • Interviewer: [Music] I want you to take about three minutes. I’m gonna give you three minutes.

    Time limits help keep

    Interviewer: [Music] I want you to take about three minutes. I’m gonna give you three minutes.

    Time limits help keep the kids focused on the task at hand. I’m also big about having the time visible and checkin’ in with kids. “How much time do ya have left?” They should be able to tell me, “I have five minutes,” “I have two minutes.”

    How much time do ya have left?

    Interviewee: [Crosstalk 00:26] Forty seconds.

    Interviewer: Put your last comment or question down, please.

    If there’s no structure and there’s no expectation for them, the kids will take advantage of that. “Oh, we need two more minutes. We need ten more minutes.” They know, “Okay, I have five minutes to accomplish this. I need to be efficient, and I need to be productive.” It helps us get through everything that we need to do smoothly.

    All right, your time is up. Let’s come back together and see what you’ve come up with.

    Time limits help keep me organized. It helps with my pacing. It lets me know if I’ve given kids ten minutes to complete a task, I can divide up my time. If I know I need to get to five particular kids in the room or I need to see three groups that are in the room, I know the time that I have to complete that. [Music]

    [End of Video 01:21]

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Rancho Milpitas Middle School
1915 Yellowstone Avenue
Milpitas CA 95035
Population: 714

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