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Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Teacher, I'm Done!" Taskcards.... "What can I do now?"

My ultimate goal is to keep my students engaged and challenged throughout the day including when their initial work is completed. I must be honest here... my skin cringes when a student say, "Mrs. Evans, I'm done. What should I do now?"
I usually get this statement when I am reteaching or explaining a question to an individual student or small group... somedays I'd like to say ... "just go"... "Just go do anything quiet"... "just leave me alone"   I know! I know!  I can't... so I don't... but between teacher friends... somedays I REALLY wanted to!!!

This "concern" never seemed to disappear.  The situation continued to come up... maybe even more often than in the past as my classroom dynamics continued to become more 
black and white each year.  
High students vs. low students
 Independent workers vs. dependent workers.
Above grade level vs. below grade level.
The gray has become almost non-existent... 

I had to come up with an idea to solve the situation.
I wanted it to be motivating and engaging for the student 
but easy to set up and manage.

I had my answer...
"Teacher, I'm Done Task Cards"

This will give students control and choice over their own learning, but it offers me the opportunity to choose activities to enrich and expand on what we are working on in class. It also gives me the ability to make sure the students are challenging themselves in various areas of the curriculum.

More info here on a past blog post

 September Task Cards

 Teacher, I'm Done Taskcards

available for 1st and 2nd grade!!

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