How to tie your shoelaces

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Joanne Pearson
29 March 2018

Narrator  Teacher and Parent

 

Situation

This occurs with parent (who is also a teacher) and eight year old son in home context with aim that now many shoes the child wishes to wear have shoelaces they need to be more independent and learn to tie shoes themselves.

Task

Child to be able to tie shoes independently in a variety of contexts.

Actions

Went through following list of instructions – firstly with assistance from parent, then child with support of parent and then child on own with parent observing and finally child independently.

Tying Shoelaces instructions:

1.Place the shoes on a flat surface. Let the laces fall to either side of the shoe

2. Tie a basic knot. Take both laces and thread one lace over the other and then pull them tight. They should form a knot in the middle of the shoe

3. Make a loop with one of the laces. You should be holding the lace between your thumb and your first two fingers.

4. Use your other hand to wrap the other lace around the loop. You should be holding it over your fingers and around the loop. Wrap the other lace toward you rather than away from you.

5. Pull the shoelace through the hole to form another loop. You should use your free hand to pull the shoelace through. There should now be a hole between the looped shoelace and the wrapped shoelace. Pull the wrapped shoelace through so it comes through this hole.

6. Hold both loops and pull them tight. You should now have a nicely tied shoe.

Results

Expected outcomes were around need to cover particular steps more than once and this differs dependent upon different children. Unexpected outcomes were that child adapted technique to find own way more like ‘bunny ears’ approach to tying shoes and continued with this independently.

 

Reflections

That there is more than one way to teach a simple (or complex task) and this has to be tailored to a personalised learning approach.  To also adapt to the capabilities of the student and be flexible to their approach and recognise the value of this.

 

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Michelle Norman
10:58pm 1 April 2018


Hi Joanne.

Total agreement with your statement under Reflections. There is more than one way to teach a task and one has to be fexible and hopefully use the appropiate approach under the right circumstances.

Kind Regards

Michelle

Karen Hornby
9:03am 2 April 2018


Hi Joanne,

I like the way you start by describing how the support will be gradually phased out until the child can do this independently, and recognising the value of the child's own solution.

Best wishes

Karen

David Hayden
6:26am 3 April 2018


I love this on many levels - there is so much we take for granted once we have mastered something - but for those who are not there - it can be a mountain to climb - my 24 year old never managed to get the hang of tieing shoelaces this way - she holds on to the making two loops and tieing them together - stating she could never work out which lace to cross over to master step two above...

Within the reflections I think the statement you make is spot on - the challenge is with time and other commitments for the "teacher" to what depth is the support there in the first place....

David

Jill Bamber
10:24am 4 April 2018


Hi Joanne

As a left-hander - and someone who struggled with tying shoelaces because I was instructed in a right-handed way - I found your instructions refreshingly ambidextrous and non-leftist. It ties in with your Reflection that there is more than one way to teach a task.

Jill

Jill Bamber
10:24am 4 April 2018


Hi Joanne

As a left-hander - and someone who struggled with tying shoelaces because I was instructed in a right-handed way - I found your instructions refreshingly ambidextrous and non-leftist. It ties in with your Reflection that there is more than one way to teach a task.

Jill

Selina Griffin
4:54pm 4 April 2018


Nice to see you all here!

David - I am with your child, I still use two loops. When my husband was teaching son how to tie his laces I stayed out of the conversation so as not to confuse (son had mostly instruction from his mother who was the one loo method - yuk!)

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