August 07, 2008
I teach in a new school where each classroom has a digital display on one wall and a regular analog clock on another. In the beginning of the year, I tape several layers of card stock over the digital display. Whenever we begin our math pages, I challenge the children to write their name, date, and time on their papers. It usually takes a minute or so for them to figure out the time; once some students have recorded a time, I ask someone to tell their answer. I write the correct answer on the board, so that those who don't know can copy it, and those who've made a mistake can correct it. Since this is a daily occurrence in our room, most students have a fairly good knowledge of telling time to the minute before they leave my class.