Stay on Schedule with the Time Timer

The Time TimerMy stu­dents and I LOVE our new Time Timer!  I first learned about the Time Timer on the Art of Edu­ca­tion site.  The Time Timer is a fab­u­lous time man­age­ment tool for any class­room.  It comes in three sizes: 3″, 8″ and 12″.  I pur­chased the 8″ size from for about $20, and it’s worth every penny!

The Time Timer can hang on the wall, stand on its col­lapsi­ble legs, or just rest on your white board tray as mine is doing in the pic­ture.  It runs on a sin­gle AA bat­tery, so it’s com­pletely portable.  I like to give all my instruc­tions, demo, etc. before set­ting the timer, just to make sure I’m not com­pet­ing with it for my stu­dents’ atten­tion!  Then I set my Time Timer for what­ever work­ing time is left in the class period, minus the time we’ll need for clean-up.  The red pie-shape grad­u­ally gets smaller to give my stu­dents (and me!) an easy visual reminder of how much time we have left to work.  A quiet “beep beep” sounds (optional) when the time is up.  For some rea­son, my stu­dents really enjoy lis­ten­ing for this (still a nov­elty, I guess!) so they even quiet down by them­selves as we get close to run­ning out of time!

The Time Timer is help­ing all of us to pace our­selves and man­age our time bet­ter!  It’s also avail­able in iPad and iPhone apps.  I chose not to get it for my iPhone, but I’d be inter­ested in hear­ing if any­one out there is using that.… it just seems like it would be too small to see from across the room.  When I get an iPad (one of these days!) I’m sure I’ll be pur­chas­ing the Time Timer app for that.

Spe­cial thanks to the Art of Edu­ca­tion for first shar­ing this great idea!  (If you aren’t already a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the Art of Edu­ca­tion site, you really need to check it out!  Their new mag­a­zine for­mat fea­tures help­ful daily arti­cles, tips, and videos on top­ics related to Art Edu­ca­tion.  Founder Jes­sica Bal­s­ley was even kind enough to help me with a Word­Press issue I got stuck on when I con­verted my site over from Blog­ger.  I love our online Art Teacher community!)

What’s your favorite time man­age­ment tool or technique?



7 Responses to Stay on Schedule with the Time Timer

  1. Rina September 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    At your rec­om­men­da­tion, I bought the 12 inch with sound from Ama­zon. It is so effec­tive! The kids like watch­ing the ‘cherry pie’ wedge shrink as time goes by. A num­ber of class­room teach­ers at our school use them, but I never heard about it until read­ing this post. Thanks!

    • Cheryl Trowbridge September 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      So glad it’s work­ing for you, Rina! My stu­dents love it, too!

  2. Cody October 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I use the cit­rus alarm clock. I down­loaded it onto my com­puter for $4. I have set up a sched­ule to go off five min­utes before the class is over. It took a while to fig­ure out, but I only had to set the sched­ule once. It has worked won­ders for me.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge October 2, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Wow — only hav­ing to set it once would be great! I’ll have to check that out… thanks!!

  3. Jessica October 15, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks, Cheryl for the nod. I am so happy you like the Time Timer and felt com­pelled to share. I agree, we have such a great group of art teacher blog­gers and a net­work to lift each other up in this pro­fes­sion. Your new web­site looks amaz­ing and I hope you are lik­ing it!

    • Miss Dee Dee November 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      I am enjoy­ing your site. While I have been teach­ing art to lit­tle kids only 3 years and only part-time, I am NOW work­ing at giv­ing D.B.A.E. art classes more full time. I liked the timer idea too.I was just now fig­ur­ing out the tim­ing for our 3 hour Work­shop we’re about to have. I real­ize just how crit­i­cal tim­ing is.……really!!! You don’t want to for­get any­thing and yet you want to NOT go over­boad. I also will use your ideas. We come and go with all ages in this class (K-6th grade). Thanks again,
      Miss Dee Dee from Alaska


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