Using Teaching Clocks Effectively

Teaching Clocks are one of those rare finds that are "must haves" for teachers. While we all know that they are a necessity in the classroom, few of us actually understand what they are. Most often, when I give students a homework assignment or a test they are excited about getting to do it. A few weeks later and they are back to being anxious waiting for their next assignment.

Teaching Clocks


This happens because the clock has become the most important part of their lesson plan. Rather than a schedule with set times for various activities or lesson subjects, their lesson plan is more like a free flow of ideas and suggestions that happen in their heads during the allotted period of time. Teachers must find ways to keep their students engaged and interested in their work. It is this requirement to engage students that helps teachers create effective lessons. The best way to do this is to have some interesting and unique teaching clocks for use in the classroom.


Of course, the first thing that you should consider when selecting teaching clocks is the lesson plan. Do you have a lesson about which you need a clock? Or do you have a series of related lessons that require a clock to keep track of the various details as they occur? These are the types of questions you need to answer before purchasing a clock. Fortunately, there are many different types of clocks available, each suited for a certain type of lesson.


For example, there are lesson books with clocks built right in. They display a particular lesson, complete with the time indicated by the number of the chapters or lessons that have been completed, upcoming deadlines, and student answers on a small dial. This type of clock can be useful in the classroom, but it will not provide you with as much information as you need to assess a lesson and decide what needs to be covered. Of course, these types of clocks also tend to get forgotten after a lesson is complete, making the purchase worthwhile only for the teacher who needs it most. For the rest of your students, a digital clock is the best choice.


If you need a teaching clock to help your students remember assignments or other information, a sticky note or a calendar might be more appropriate. Some lesson plans call for a specific amount of time devoted to each section of the lesson. A wall calendar, for example, might be more effective than a wall stick because you can actually see what time it is in your classroom and eliminate the guesswork. This type of clock also takes up less space and is more convenient for students who need their clocks close at hand. However, depending upon the lesson plan, this may not be the most suitable option.


For example, if you have a lesson on Saturday mornings, you obviously need your clock to be able to indicate the time on that day. However, your students may be sleeping during the afternoon or be too busy to study or learn during the late afternoon. For that particular situation, an audio-visual clock is the solution. These are designed to help your students learn at their own pace, and can even be played from your PDA or cell phone.


Many teachers are using calendars and lesson plans to help keep their classes on schedule. For example, many teachers schedule certain days for various subjects, such as math, so that their students know the material will be covered. Calendars and lesson plans also make it easier to remind your students that a certain topic is next, or that they need to review a particular lesson. These types of reminder services can help you avoid having to go back to your lesson plans or make last minute changes to your schedule. They're also ideal for teachers who are on the go, since they're portable and can easily be brought anywhere with them.


Regardless of your specific needs, there are many different types of teaching clocks that can meet your requirements. Whether you want to keep track of your students' progress on a weekly basis or just want to give yourself extra preparation before a big test, an effective clock is an invaluable tool. It helps you keep your classroom organized and gives you the chance to review your lesson plans and prepare for the next day. You can use your teaching clocks to motivate your students, as well as help you remember what's next in your lesson. If you need some inspiration, check out the many types of teaching clocks available today!