Have you had your lessons disrupted because of chat about the latest reality show, or love island…
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The aim of this timer ‘game’ on excel is to calm students down when they have come into the classroom in a hyperactive manner, such as after break or lunchtime. It is a quick tool to use, but can be very benefitial in its effects on students’ behaviour and encouraging Mathematical minds in a competitive manner. Alternatively it can be used as a tool to get students to get a better feel of ‘time’ by guessing how many seconds have elapsed over a given period of time.
The aim is you get students to rest their head on the desks and you start and stop a timer provided for you on excel. This timer can be usefully hidden from prying eyes. After a number of seconds, or perhaps minutes (if your class is particularly lively), teachers can then obtain guesses from the class. These times are then subsequently typed into a column within the spreadsheet, and can later be compared through the click of the button to the actual elapsed time. There are macro buttons for comparing the time. Firstly you can reveal the differences in time between their guess and the actual time, additionally you can click a button to reveal a winner.
This gets students to get a better feel for time, understanding the difference between seconds and minutes, ensuring a calm start to the lesson and gets students engaged in a competitive manner. Please review if you found helpful :D
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