Classroom countdown timers help with classroom management, teach the concept of time, and support time management skills for students and teachers. The timers create time boundaries for activities within the classroom.
A countdown timer gives students an idea of how much time they have to work on a project. The timer prepares students for upcoming transitions because they know when it is almost time to wrap up the current project. Young students become more aware of elapsed time and get a sense of how much they can do in a given amount of time.
Countdown timers help keep the teacher on track by limiting activities to defined amounts of time. Students also learn to manage their time. They see the amount of time left and know they must complete certain activities within that time limit.