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TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Do you have the time?

February 21, 2012

Today’s tip is a 2-for-1! I just love the Adapting Creatively blog; it is written by the mother of a young lady with Rett syndrome. She includes so many practical tips for home life and teaching and the idea we are featuring today-the use of visual timers-can actually be used in both situations.

Visual timers are great classroom supports for students with and without disabilities. They are a quiet but clear way to communicate and they can also help the teacher organize activities.

They work well as a preventative behavior support but they are also a great tool for the differentiated classroom. Any educator who uses station rotations, centers, or student-choice activities knows that a timer can make lessons more efficient and effective. The added benefit? You are teaching students a strategy for managing their time outside of the classroom.

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