Do your students have trouble telling time? Thankfully, my school has digital clocks in each classroom and students have been able to tell me the current time. Last year, I introduced additional clocks in my room to be able to tell the time in various capitals in Latin America.
However, what I have noticed is that a majority of students are unable to read an analog clock. I have had many students switch the hour hand and minute hand, and even some who were just so confused they couldn’t even come up with an answer. What an embarrassing situation to put our students in.
One of my former colleagues recently told me about a conversation in his department where other teachers were saying their students were struggling with telling time. My former colleague said his students were just fine. Turned out the difference was the use of digital clocks instead of analog clocks while assessing them.
I guess the question we must ask ourselves is: Is reading an analog clock a required skill in the 21st century? If yes, then is it the responsibility of the Spanish teacher to teach students how to read an analog clock since many students come to us without this skill? Or is using an analog clock about as common as reading a sun dial?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue. Are your students able to read analog clocks? How do you teach time in Spanish?