Patrick McGreevy, a BCBA, explains in this article that errorless teaching should be considered in these four specific situations:
"1) with very young children with developmental disabilities, including autism, especially if these children have exhibited a tendency to avoid instructional situations
2) with children or adults who have a history of failure with respect to specific academic tasks or school itself
3) with children or adults with developmental disabilities, who exhibit severe aggressive or self-injurious behavior
4) with children who have experienced any form of abuse."
I use errorless teaching often during direct instruction, but I've also started to use it during independent work for my students who are more reluctant to work independently. I want to share a few tips and ideas for how to make errorless learning activities.
1) Cut sorting tasks in half
Most special education classrooms have TONS of sorting tasks and activities. A super easy way to make errorless learning task boxes is to simply cut sorting activities in half and only give the student 1 sorting mat. Some of my kiddos are able to do sorting activities with two or more categories, but for my kiddos who need errorless learning, I simply cut the page in half and only give the kiddo 1 category.
2) Make simple matching tasks (all with the same picture)
It's super quick and easy to copy and paste some pictures, clipart or shapes into a document to make an easy errorless matching task. I make mine in word and Powerpoint and I'm able to knock out about 8-10 tasks in 10 minutes, so I promise it's easy! You can grab these errorless learning activities for FREE from my TpT here.
Put-in task boxes are a super easy way to corporate errorless learning. They don't involve any sorting or matching- all kiddos have to do is pick something up and put it into a container or a hole. If you need put-in task box ideas, you can check out these posts:
May put-in and sorting task boxes
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Dollar Store Task Boxes
Do you have any quick and easy tips for making errorless learning activities?
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