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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Task Signs

I have a little post for you in honor of the end of the school year.  Do you ever have those teacher moments that aren't the ultra cool a-ha ones?  You know, the ones that make you think is anyone out there even listening to a word I say?  Well years ago I had the second kind of teacher moment that inspired the first kind of teacher moment.  I was getting frustrated that my first graders were not following my directions on how to get a project completed effectively.  I would write the steps on the board but to my dismay only a handful of the kiddos were adhering to my ever so particularly scribed instructions.  It then dawned on me that the little darlings needed PICTURES to cue them on.  Duh, right?  Well I made some task signs to use.  After years of abuse I decided to retire my old ones and I created new ones.  Now whenever I assign my students a task I display the task signs.  They have magnets attached to the back of the signs so they stay on my whiteboard.  For example, if I want the children to write their name, color the project, cut the project, then glue it onto a background paper to complete a project I display the cards in that order.  It is so helpful!  Oh, and you may have noticed in the photos that if I want the kids to use a specific tool for coloring I put the matching task sign under the color sign (i.e. color with colored pencils).  I find that I'm not having to repeat the directions over and over again.  Head over to my TPT store to check out the task signs.school blog signature

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