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15 Ways to Use Timers to Streamline Your Classroom Management

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Let’s talk about a very underrated classroom management tool…timers. Specifically, using timers in your PowerPoint slides. This is one of my favorite ways to streamline and improve classroom management. So much so that I’m shocked I’ve managed to create over 200 podcast episodes without talking about it!

Using timers in your PowerPoint slides can be a complete game changer when it comes to managing your classroom. It’s one of those things that I always assumed every teacher did. However, after talking to many of you, I realized that a lot of people haven’t been using them. If you are one of those people, then this is going to be a game changer for you!

At the time that this episode airs, we’re coming up on winter break. This can be a time of the year when a lot of teachers are able to take a step back from what they’re doing in the classroom, and reflect on what they might want to change for the second half of the year.

You’re probably looking for a more improved and efficient way of running your classroom. That’s why this is the perfect time to talk about how to use timers, and why I encourage you to start using them if you aren’t already.

I love timers for so many reasons. When you use them in your PowerPoint slides, they are highly visual, which helps both you and your students stay on track. They support your students in learning the essential skill of time management, which we all know can be a very hard skill to teach and master!

Visual timers can also build reading stamina, prepare students for timed assessments, help students practice presentations, support with end of day cleanup, and so much more. Plus, they can even help you improve your teaching practice. 

I could go on and on about the benefits of visual timers! In fact, I am giving you 15 ways that you can use timers to streamline your classroom management in today’s episode.

If you are ready to try timers in your PowerPoint slides, I’ve made it really easy for you! You can grab my new PowerPoint slides here

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • Why timers are such a valuable tool for your classroom
  • The importance of incorporating a whole class reward in your classroom management strategy, and how this can work with your class timers.
  • How visual reminders can drastically decrease wasted time during transitions.
  • An effective way to utilize timers to communicate expectations to parents.
  • Fun ways to use timers as part of icebreaker activities and collaborative games.

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

💛 Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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