Pomodoro Technique – short bursts of focus

Pinched this from http://blog.lenovo.com/au/2-hacks-to-get-in-the-zone?cid=EDM_20130719_ANZ_AU_MMArticle1_RJ&RRID=222805637&esrc=NETMINNG
Could see it potentially working with some classes, even just using 15 minute blocks or something to break up lesson/encourage focus etc.

Pomodoro Technique was developed in the 80s and involves  focusing your work in 25 minute increments.

A Pomodoro routine should look like this:

1. Choose something to work on
2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
3. Work solidly until the timer goes off
4. Take a 3 to 5 minute break
5. Repeat

Once you’ve gone through the steps four times, you’ll have earned yourself a 15 to 30 minute break. This when you can check emails, go for a walk or do a few quick stretches.

Your Pomodoro sessions will probably be interrupted by workmates. A lot. If it’s urgent, you can deal with it then and there. If they want to complain about the instant coffee, it can wait.

Why use the Pomodoro Technique?

It teaches you focus

When you’re working on a task, you need to give it your undivided attention. That means no emails, no phone calls and no getting tea. That’s what your break is for. (NB: here’s an article about the value of banning phones in schools – a controversial topic!)

You learn to break down big projects

The longer you practice this technique, the better you get at estimating how much you can actually do in 25 minutes. This is a powerful tool when working out how realistic a work request is.

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