Independent Work System Update & Makeover

If you’ve been hanging around The Autism Helper, you have heard of my self proclaimed most organized and space efficient work task system ever. If you haven’t heard of it – boy are you in for a freaken treat. Check out this post and check out this TpT product and you’ll learn more than you’ve ever wanted. This year my class and my coworker’s class do table time at the same time so I have a few precious moments to inhale some leftovers from last nights dinner and maybe if I’m lucky  glance through my facebook newsfeed… if I’m lucky. That means we need tons of work tasks so there is no double dipping. We were running into a few obstacles so I knew I needed to squeeze a few more work tasks into my system to keep my busy bees working away. I didn’t want to add another shelf so I had to get a little creative. Check it out:

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

A little rearranging added 8 additional tasks! LOVE it. I added in these dividers I had leftover from last year:

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

Labeled the bins:

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

Then came the (fun) part of making the tasks to go in the bins. While I would have loved a quick trip to target or dollar tree to snag some new materials my post wedding and pre Christmas shopping budget was having none of that. Had to get creative and use what I had! A few snack size ziplocs, a bunch of masking tape, and some cleaned out take out bins later – my independent work tasks system is booming once again. Here are my new tasks:

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

The Autism Helper - Table Time Tasks

14 Comments

  1. I’ve been using your system this year, since I have higher functioning kiddos. Love it. I’ve been tweaking mine a bit too to squeeze in a few more tasks. I’ve been using old cereal boxes (covered and made pretty of course 🙂 ) as dividers for folder tasks. Might need to add that sort by rhyming word task to mine.

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  2. Revamped my room and am using your system. My TA’s love it, not sure about the kids. Thanks for the new work job ideas. Lori

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  3. Yes! Love the cereal box idea! So happy the system is going well 🙂

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  4. Thanks for reading, Lori!

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  5. Hello, I had a question – what categories are included in your Categorizing Flashcards? I plan to be busy this summer creating these tasks for my classroom in the fall. Thank you so much for all of your ideas and inspiration!

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  6. We did animals, food, clothing, toys, and plants! Hope this helps 🙂

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  7. Hi… do you sell the pictures you used to make the categorizing flashcards? I love this idea!

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  8. I love the great ideals for the work task and looking to implement this yearn in my self contain classroom. I had a questions do you have a form that you use to help your Para’s and myself to collect data and to know how to switch the task out for the students on a weekly basics?

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  9. Great questions! We switch out the tasks every day but follow a pre-created schedule so we don’t need to think about which tasks to give each students each day and don’t accidentally give the same task a bunch of days in a row. The schedule repeats each week or every two weeks so students are only doing the same task either once a week or once every other week. Read more in this post: https://theautismhelper.com/independent-work-system-updates/. I have a data sheet that we use in this resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Special-Education-Data-Sheets-EDITABLE-278217. There is a video tour linked in the product description so you can check it out. Hope this helps!!

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  10. Where did you get those letters? (The blue ones)
    I love them and have been trying to find them EVERYWHERE. Help?

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  11. Thank you for all the work task sets. My students are loving them. I have your 40 mega pack and my aids and I are working on setting up your advanced work task set. How do you organize and store all your different work tasks? I do not have room for a hundred boxes and I have students from 6th grade function down to preschool. I am trying to figure out how to store these all so I have the variety for each student. Could I also please get the color coded schedule for these sets? Do you store the sets by ability? How often do you switch the activities in your boxes?

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