Work Task Confession
So I’ve expressed my love for work tasks here before. They truly have become one of my favorite things to help teach new skills. I love the flexibility and the sheer scope of what you can cover using work tasks. When I start to panic about all the skills I’m expected to cover with my students, the idea of making work tasks for them helps to calm me down. Work tasks are about the only thing (other than the ipad) that my students don’t get upset about having to do more than once. And watching a student master a new skill and be able to do it independently more than makes up for all hot glue burns and pokes from an Xacto knife.
But as much as I love them, they don’t always work as beautify as I’d hoped. I’ve had them fall apart in the middle of a lesson or in my half asleep daze at midnight I didn’t finish a piece so its a no go until I can take it home and finish it. One of my biggest issues has been the problem of getting a little ahead of myself and making them WAY to hard for my kiddos. The answer, gradually increasing the work load or scaffolding the task.
Prime example: Got some of those plastic nuts and bolts for kids and put them ALL in a tub for a work task. (I’m talking all 48 pieces, horrible I know!! I’m sorry) I made a cute little instruction card and took it school. Started working with some of my littles on correctly matching shapes and colors. Fits ensued (shocking) and for a while I was stumped as to why they were so unhappy with it. Then, at a faculty meeting I wasn’t paying attention to, I stumbled across this picture I took while at TEACCH training this summer.
|Simple set to start with. Much easier for beginning learners.|
So that’s my work task confession. Hope it saves somebody else from making the same rookie mistake.