What are Time Drills?

Check Out the New Blog stopwatchExplicit time-drills are a method to boost students’ rate of responding on arithmetic-fact worksheets and increase fluency.

Materials: Worksheet, Stop-watch


The teacher hands out the worksheet.

Students are instructed that they will have three minutes to work on problems on the sheet.


The teacher starts the stop watch and tells the students to begin the work.

At the end of the first minute in the three-minute span, the teacher ‘calls time’, stops the stopwatch, and tells the students to underline the last number written and to put their pencils in the air.

Students are told to resume work and the teacher restarts the stopwatch. This process is repeated at the end of minutes two and three.

At the conclusion of the three minutes, the teacher collects the student worksheets.

Discuss here: What strategies do you use in your classroom to increase fluency in math facts?

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