Teacher Procedures

Purpose: Students will actually realize how much time they spend on activities in a given 24-hour period.

Goal: The student will:

  1. Record your activities for a 24-hour period, grouping them into categories.
  2. Place their data in a circle graph (pie chart).
  3. Find information on the Internet that would give you suggestions of how to manage their time better.
  4. Make deductions of how you can spend your time more wisely using the information you got over the Internet and your data.

Previous Knowledge: Basic Spreadsheet Skills, Basic Math skills - addition, division

Materials: Worksheet - 'Time Management'

  1. Computer
  2. Online Access
  3. Calculator - (on computer - optional)
  4. Computer paper

Skills Used:

Time Required: 2 - 3 weeks depending on your students; it has been done in less time

Grading Procedure: This is up to each individual teacher

Activity Rationale:
This activity is a by-product of an activity that I received at 'Expanding Your Horizons' '96. I felt that the activity that Jan Marie Casey, Math teacher at Paul Revere Middle School in Houston I.S.D. used could be modified to use with computers. Not only can we discuss study skills, math skills, but they will also learn how to manage time. The accompanying spreadsheet example helps the students actually see how they spend time. According to Jan Marie Casey, "The beauty of this activity is no two students' data is exactly alike and therefore there will be less cheating."

  1. Set-up the student spreadsheets.
  2. Collect data and input into spreadsheet. Some students pre-write and
    some automatically input it into the spreadsheet. What you prefer as a
    teacher is up to you.
  3. Once SS are completed, students develop conversion formulas.
  4. Circle graphs are made from conversion data.
    Focus on the following concept:
    1. Total % = 100
    2. Total decimal =1
    3. Total circle value = 360°
  5. Access the Internet - URL's to access on-line:
    1. Ten Tips for Better Time Management
  6. Write a three-fourths to one page paper on how they came up with their
    formulas, explain how a beginner might read their graph, and some
    deductions of how they can spend their time more wisely, include some
    actual steps.


  1. School
  2. Studying
  3. Phone
  4. Rest
  5. Social
  6. Hygiene
  7. Eating
  8. Television
  9. Extracurricular
  10. Sports
  11. Transportation
  12. Chores

*** You and/or your students may come up with some other categories to include their activities in.

*** You may also want your class to do this for a longer period than a 24-hour day.

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    These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.
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