My independent work system is one of the pride and joys of my classroom. And quiet honestly it saved my butt this year being crazy understaffed and prepping for maternity leave. My kids can work independently on a wide range of tasks and it takes up minimal space. It’s amazeballs and I have been on a constant mission to continue to make it better and better.

We had some great updates to the system this year that make it even better!

Before we roll into the updates, get yourself familiar with the basics. Check out the video tutorial of this system here. And snag some more info here and here. Want this system for yourself – get it from TpT in this download so lovingly named The Most Space Efficient and Organized Work Task System.

The most major change was with my higher functioning guys – we switched to a dry erase marker list of the tasks they will be doing instead of the velcro letters/numbers. Some of my guys still have the velcro letters/numbers to match to the task bin.

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When students complete the task – they cross it off with a dry erase marker. See the velcro-ed dry erase marker in the pic above 🙂

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My biggest advice with this system is to make a schedule for yourself! This can ensure that students aren’t doing the same tasks every day (or way too often). This year before making a schedule I wrote out a list of all of the tasks and then color coded them according to level.

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Not only did this help make the task schedule but it helps me keep track of which tasks I want to teach to my students next!

The task schedule is KEY to this system. I have a different schedule for each day of the week to ensure that students only do each task once a week. I plan it out so they are doing each task once a week and only doing tasks that are at their level (not too easy, not too hard… just right!).

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If you have students who are high functioning enough – make this a student job! I have two students who work together each morning to set this up. It’s adorable to see how well they work together, saves my understaffed classroom a little headache, and teaches independence!


Since all of my students don’t match the velcro letter/number to the tasks – it does make it harder to know which tasks to undo. To make it simpler on my paraprofessional, I made a list for her to see which needs to be undone each day. Makes the end of the day much simpler – where every minute counts!

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