Do you ever feel like you are reminding students constantly of your expectations throughout the day? This can be extremely time-consuming and distracting from teaching. Task cards to aid in managing behavior and keeping student's on task. Because cartoon graphics can be confusing or unclear for our students, real photographs are used to help children clearly see what behavior is expected of them. As the task and expectations change, the visuals can be easily changed. In my classroom, I assign the changing of these cards as one of my classroom jobs so that it doesn't take management and time from me.
These visuals are NOT just for special education students. ALL students can benefit from having a visual reminder of teacher's changing expectations throughout the day.
Visuals are grouped and color coded into three areas:
Movement: These visuals show how students should be moving in the classroom - walking, dancing, sitting on the carpet and more. These cards are colored with a green background.
Activity: These visuals are colored with a blue background and show students what they should be working on, whether it be center work, partner work, group work or others.
Communication: These visuals are reminders to students how they should talking with each other. These cards are coded with purple backgrounds and show images to reflect no talking, talking with a group or working quietly with a partner.
THREE SIZES TO CHOOSE FROM.
The smallest size can be printed at 50% size, laminated and hole punched to use on a necklace to show images to individual students who need visual reminders to remain on task. This very small size can also be used for individual students to keep visual reminders at their desk.
How to use:
Print your desired sized card with signs.
Teach each expectation explicitly. Show the RIGHT way and the WRONG way to do it.
Explain any consequences for being off task.
Display at an area in the classroom where all students can see.
Teach students the job of changing the cards as needed throughout the day.
I welcome any suggestions for making this resource better and more useful for your classroom needs.