Lately I have been letting time get away from me. I don't have a clock in my room so I have to keep my cell phone handy. Usually it gets left up at the front of my classroom, where I am not, so I end up scrambling at the last minute to distribute homework or have the student helpers do their jobs.
To help fix this problem I have found a few tools that are very helpful.
1. I set a daily timer on my cell phone to go off ten minutes before the kids have to switch subjects. This is a signal for the student helpers to begin doing their jobs.
2. I have been projecting an online stopwatch for small group work. This allows the kids to see how much time they have left in each activity. It also allows them to accurately monitor how much each student is talking.