Using Independent work systems in the classroom has slowly become a passion of mine. There are so many different variations of how you can set up these work systems for both the self-contained setting and an integrated setting. I wanted to show you a few different ways that you can set these up quickly and efficiently.  1. Tiered shelf system :  this is the traditional setup. You have a tiered shelf on the left side of the desk. You have a schedule in front of the child with the reinforcer at the end of the schedule. This system needs an "all done" area. You can use a cardboard box, a laundry basket, a milk carton, or even a small table for this "all done" area. This “all done” area is set to the right of the student table/desk. You can also use another tiered shelf but that would take up the most amount of space. If you use two shelves, make sure that you have enough space in the classroom for this. You will have a paraprofessional standing behind them at times (al...
Independent Work systems are key to a successful self-contained classroom.  Coming up with all of the different types of tasks that are needed for this center can get expensive and time-consuming.  There are many things that you can get for free for this center.   You may also be thinking that the tasks that you are using are getting boring or stale and need to switch it up a bit.  I have compiled of list of different tasks that you can make fairly easily, can find for free, or spruce up some of your tasks.   1. Task Boxes:    Using task boxes for this center is my absolute favorite because students get fused to the format and they are super easy to store.  They are also very easy to keep organized.   You can check out some FREE task boxes here , or check out my task boxes in my store . 2. File folder games:   File folder games are another great one and super easy to store.  Some of my students need the pieces pulled off ahead of time and put into a small basket for easy use.  All of...