as I just loved an awesome idea that a teacher for whom I provided support this year implemented with fabulous results last year. Who doesn't get severely annoyed with the amount of time wasted for transitions...especially bathroom/water breaks?
I cannot tell you how much faster the kiddos took care of business and switching out supplies/books for the next class when this baby was ticking on the SmartBoard. The fact that it explodes repeatedly made it even more fun for the 5th graders. Give it a try...turned some tortoises into hares right before my eyes and shaved much time off transitions and added that precious time to instruction. What a great way to motivate students to stay on task. There are other timers as well...
Check out the website.