Literacy PK-3

Systems Change


Timers help students learn to self-pace and transition. By using timers, learners develop greater awareness of their ability to pay Attention and are able to use strategies, like breaking up a task, to increase their productivity.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher explains how she uses timers in the classroom. Through the use of visual and auditory timers, students can gauge how much time remains which can support greater Attention and task completion.

  • Having a visual or audio timer when working on a specific task helps students develop time management skills and focuses their Attention on completing the assignment. This increased Attention is associated with a greater feeling of classroom belonging and student engagement. Timers also support Self-regulation and Motivation by explicitly showing time expectations and facilitating when it is time to transition to another task.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how a developer created a visual timer, which is also available as an app, to help learners see and understand time passing during an activity. Since learners can visually see a countdown of time, they develop a conceptual understanding of time and are able to better maintain their Attention.

  • Developers can achieve these same results by embedding a visual or audio timer in their product. This awareness of time facilitates a smoother transition between activities and supports greater Attention for each activity.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy