Beat the Timer – Basic Recipe

  1. Select an activity that could benefit from increased focus and efficiency.
  2. Announce how long it normally takes to complete the activity and set an optimistic goal time to beat. Challenge the children playfully to complete the task in the shorter time.
  3. Inquire quickly as to possible PAX and Spleems for the activity.
  4. Set the timer and begin. Provide guidance along the way while maintaining a 2:1 ratio of positive to negative feedback.
  5. If they beat the timer, compliment and celebrate! But challenge them to do even better next time.
  6. If they do not beat the timer, compliment their effort and reflect on how they might next time.