I know that they are really hot right now. I know that people love them. I know that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread for some teachers. But *I* have just never really fell head over heals for them.
Until this year.
OK...that isn't exactly true. I still am not a huge fan BUT my kids LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Did I mention that they love them? Because they do. Task cards have revitalized plain old worksheets for the kids. They have instant buy in and I find that the kids are completing their work faster if I present the work in task card format than if I simply type everything up on a worksheet page.
So, since we have this new found love for task cards in my room, I thought I would share some of the ways that task cards have been successful in my class this year.
The "Group Switch" is a popular strategy in my class as well. Kids get into small groups of about 3 or 4. I make enough task card sets for about 4 groups to share. Then, I split those task card sets into groups of 3 or 4 cards. Each small group of students get a little group of cards. They solve them. Then, after a few minutes, I call time and everyone switches their group of cards for another group of cards. After 4 switches, all of the kids have gone through all of the cards.
|These task cards are from Teaching with a Mountain View :)|
So there you have it. A few easy ways to get the kids involved with task cards in your classroom. Do you use task cards? What strategies have you used to get the kids more actively engaged with the cards?