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    time limit modifications
    By Dedi

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    I don't know what the specific objective is that you or your school have set for the children, but I can suggest what we do:

    Scenario 1: The teacher next door to me uses a stop watch and records the length of time it took each child to finish the whole paper. She informs them of the desired time limit, but doesn't stop them at that point. When a child has finished/turned in his paper, he returns to his seat work, keeping the room quiet for testing conditions. I don't think I could handle keeping track of the stopwatch when 2 or 3 start finishing at once, so I do it a little differently...

    Scenario 2:
    I do impose a time limit (5 min. for 100 addition/subtraction facts). At the end of 5 minutes, they all must stop. I draw a line with my green marker (I use the same special green marker on just about everything) after the last problem they completed. They can now finish the rest of the page untimed (they may not go back and change any of the answers they already have down).

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