Using Alarms in the Classroom

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Right around this time of the year, I get forgetful about taking attendance (we take attendance twice a day).  I was getting two phone calls each day to take attendance.  That gets embarrassing real quick.

I then thought about my phone and my alarms on my phone.   I set them 10 minutes before attendance is due.  They are working like a charm!  

Afterward I thought of other ways to use alarms in my classroom.  My alarms now look like this:
Each one has a different sound so the kids are recognizing them and know what time it is right away.  The beauty of using alarms on your phone is that you can adjust them as much as you need and delete them when you don't need them anymore.  And, you can create as many as you need.

There are just so may things to remember that it gets really hard to keep it together, especially at the end of the year.  Here is a small list of ideas for classroom alarms:
  • Attendance both AM and PM.
  • Intervention time (time to send students to interventions).
  • Resource (Time to send students to the resource teacher)
  • Recess Time
  • Lunch Time
  • Pack Up Time 
  • Specials Time
There are so many ideas! Have you used alarms in your classroom before?  This is my first year trying the out and I wish I had done it sooner.  Please share if you have any ideas:)

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  1. Great tip! Thanks for sharing, Jayne
    Smart Kids

  2. I have alarms to remind me to do things all day long too. Otherwise I would just keep right on teaching through specials and success time.

  3. I started this half way through last year and will never look back! I never forget anything now!!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I'm always forgetting to do attendance, and even my kids know when the clerk comes over the loud speaker, I need to do attendance. Now I have to go set my alarms!

    First Grade Fairytales

  5. I use the alarm feature on my phone to remind me that I have recess duty on Tuesdays and Fridays. I set it ten minutes early so I'm not scrambling for my whistle and safety vest as recess starts.

  6. I use alarms to remind me of special activities. I was also thinking about using an alarm or timer with a short song to give them time to clean up from certain activities or settle down for something.

  7. I forgot to add that the students are responsible for dismissing the alarm. Different tones or songs for different alarms.


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