How to tie your shoelaces
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29 March 2018
Narrator Teacher and Parent
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.
Child to be able to tie shoes independently in a variety of contexts.
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.
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.
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.