Clock Hacks to Make Your Classroom Buzz


Written by Bronwyn

Learning spaces are all diverse, but there’s one item that you’ll find is an absolute must-have anywhere in the world: the humble classroom clock.

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Younger students learn to tell the time by clock-watching and older students spend countless minutes staring at the clock, waiting for the next bell.

Classroom clocks are vital tools which help our students to manage their time and pace themselves when they are completing tasks.

Here, we’ve collated nine ways to jazz up your classroom clock and make it the star of the show!

Classroom Clock Flower Display

Your hive of busy bees will love our gorgeous Flower Clock Display! Use it alongside our otherBee Teaching Resources or feature it alone to make your classroom buzz!

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And here’s a sweetener: this beautiful resource is one of our amazing freebies!

Colorful Classroom Clock Labels

It can be challenging teaching young students how to “read the clock”, but using our bright word labels will have them telling the time before you know it!This display combines our Clock Labels (Clock Pattern) digital circles with analog strips.

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Digital Time Clock Labels

With technology in abundance in our classrooms and beyond, it’s critical that students are able to read both digital and analog clocks fluently. Our Bright Chevron Clock Labels are a quick and easy way to display digital minutes on an analog clock.

A Classroom Clock Working in Context

Here, the classroom clock is accompanied by three different displays of times which are relevant to the students: recess, lunch and home time! The teacher has included analog and digital examples of the times, as well as a 24-hour time example.

Mathematical Classroom Clock Clues

This clever teacher has adorned the classroom clock with colorful square root facts as clues to the hour labels. Imagine the endless adaptations of this great idea; rainbow facts, multiplication facts, factors (3, 6, 9, 12), fractions!

Classroom Clocks with Meaning

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Seamlessly incorporated into wall-worthy typography, these classroom clocks are part of a bigger picture.

Lego Classroom Clock

Although this one isn’t an actual functioning classroom clock, I had to include it. Because who doesn’t love a little Lego in their life? The hours are marked by Lego which corresponds with each number. I think students would love this one, and the learning opportunities would be endless.

Head on over to our great blog, 10 Terrific Time Resources for more fabulous activities for teaching time!

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