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Classroom Group Rotations Timer 15 Minute [no interlude - POWERPOINT 2010 file]:
This is a downloadable version of the DVD [video] packages I have been making available on TPT for the last two years. The difference is that it isn't a video it's a PowerPoint file. These files are not played on a DVD player as my other products but you will be able to play them on any computing device that plays PowerPoint 2010.
I've been using this type of file even more as my DVD players [and other forms of physical media] begin to go obsolete. I have PowerPoint on my Mac and on my Windows machines. My windows 8 tablet can play it. I've been able to play it on my Samsung Note3 when I just want the video to show at the table and not throughout the room.
1] It's less cost for you since I don't have to pay postage for providing you with a DVD.
2] You can download it right now from TPT.
3] You can easily make a backup copy on your hard drive so that it will be less likely to be lost or broken.
Requirements: You need PowerPOint 2010 compatible on your computing device to play this file.
Watch a demonstration on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t6Ozzk1RQw&feature=youtu.be
I've done timed groups of all kinds in my class room for the last 20 years but primarily I do reading groups where I read with my students every day. I created this room management DVD video that helps me to move my groups effortlessly in ten or fifteen minute time frames. For fifteen years I used a classroom timer or my watch but got annoyed with the alarm or buzzer sound interrupting my learning environment. Or I forgot to look at the clock and time got away from me. I've been using these videos for the last eight years every day. I've improved them every year so my colleagues have time and again suggested that I make them available for others to use. Four principals have observed them in use and smile every time the see it working because they know that, as sure as a DVD player runs forward and constant, I am getting to every reading group every day we rotate. Each video is divided into five color-titled groups. I named my reading groups Blue, Yellow, Purple, green and Red. The groups on the video are either ten or fifteen minutes each, depending on how much time you need with the students that day. If you want shorter groups you play the ten minute PowerPoint. If you want fifteen minute groups you put the fifteen minute PowerPoint on. As the video plays, every ten [or fifteen] minutes it plays a thirty second song associated with each of five color groups and shows the color of the group on the screen. So when their song begins to play the students in that group know what they are supposed to do. I have my table group come to table, for instance. I have a routine of five "centers" rotations. One group reads with me, the other four groups have specific things they need to do during that rotation. I post their tasks clearly on a Groups chart on the front board. I also use this video classroom timer for Writer's Workshop. It also comes in handy when they are doing the district writing assessments which allows for 45 minutes of preparing then 45 minutes of writing time. My video gently helps them to divide their assessment time into three or four segments. The songs and pictures are kid friendly, colorful, and as emotionally "neutral" as I could produce so as not to be distracting. I've used them successfully with a broad demographic in the room. The [color-themed] pictures change at the same time displaying a countdown number for every minute left in that group's rotation. There are four videos possible. There are two sets of ten and fifteen minute rotation groups. The second set has as its fourth track an "interlude" option after the third group. I frequently find it is a good idea for the students to take a break from the tasks assigned for me to assess work completed, teach a lesson, or whatever, so the 30 minute interlude is provided as an option. If I finish before or after the interlude time I simply pause of fast forward the video to accommodate my lesson. You will need a computing device that will play PowerPoint 2010 and something to display the image on.
You may also be interested in 5 DVD purchase options for this product. All sold separately:
1] Classroom Management DVD Group Rotations Timer – All Four Pack
2] Classroom Management DVD Group Rotations Timer – 10 Minute [No Interlude]
3] Classroom Management DVD Group Rotations Timer – 10 Minute [With Interlude]
4] Classroom Management DVD Group Rotations Timer – 15 Minute [No Interlude]
5] Classroom Management DVD Group Rotations Timer – 15 Minute [With Interlude]