Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Step Boards

In the suite of centers we just completed the students worked with the Step Boards. They did really well. Here's what Step Boards look like.

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There is an individual shape at the bottom edge of each letter that matches the shape on the top edge of the prompt panel.  Only the correct letters will fit over the red prompt panel. This makes these puzzles self correcting.

Look how many words these children made during their one chance to use the Step Boards!

Thanks volunteers for keeping a record!

8 comments:

Beverly H. said...

Who is the manufacturer of these boards? My teammates and I just opened a new school and had to leave these behind. We think they are great and would love to buy them for our new school!

Dan Gurney said...

You got me. I really don't know. They are OLD, like maybe 30 years or more old. Maybe google them? It could be they're not made anymore.

Anonymous said...

Yeah! I can't believe there are still other people out there using these wonderful tools! I came across your site, while I was searching for this very item. I used them at my previous school, but had to leave them behind when I transferred. I emailed my former teaching partner, requesting the product name. We have to love Google! Here they are: INSTA-LEARN by STEP Inc. They are awesome and worth the investment.

Enjoy!! : )

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks for the information. I agree. They are a nice tool to have around the classroom.

Ruth Walls said...

I first used these boards with my special education students nearly 30 years ago and kept some when I moved to regular education. I'm delighted to find that other folks still love using them as well.
Thanks for reminding me how to find them.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Ruth, thanks for leaving this comment. They are a good tool, I think. These days, I'm sure there are computer programs that do something similar. But there's nothing like real stuff. Mouse clicks are not quite the same.

Heather said...

These step boards are better known as Insta-Learn boards from STEP, Inc. Their web address is http://www.insta-learn.com/, and they are still manufacturing and selling these items. Hope this helps anyone trying to hunt down replacement parts or to get started with a new set.

Heather said...

These step boards are better known as Insta-Learn boards from STEP, Inc. Their web address is http://www.insta-learn.com/, and they are still manufacturing and selling these items. Hope this helps anyone trying to hunt down replacement parts or to get started with a new set.