Time needed: 3-5 min
Why? Advantages of individual work are that the students can edit the tasks for them in the appropriate speed and learning style. The tasks can be assessed individually and the level of details can be adjusted. Each student is challenged to develop their own activities, so that teaching content used to be practiced and reinforced. It can also be provided differently difficult tasks.
When? All the time if it i necessary to support different learning levels and speed.
How? In the individual work the teachers provides for each student a task, then they will process and settle the task problem by self each student alone. The conditions for individual work is the students’ motivation, self-control ability and differentiation.
Any risk? Disadvantages of individual work, are that it can lead to isolation of individual students that they have no social-educational component and run the risk of idling. To avoid such problems the teacher should be prepared with more than one task for quicker students and the teacher should be very active in supporting and controlling students individual work.
To distinguish from the solo work is individual work. In solo-work one task will be performed by the students without direct help from outside solutions in individual work. This will develop individual work steps and solutions independently, covered and transferred to other items. Self-confidence, creativity and their own actions are supported by individual work. The method of solo-work can also avoid the idling problem for quicker students, if the teacher is directly planing it in advance to give to those students an individual work task which is culminating in a solo-work task.