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directionsSeven Ways to Get Kids to Follow Directions

What would you add to this list?

1. Get their eyeballs looking at you. Having a prop helps!

2. Speak and write out the directions on the board, and on a handout if necessary.

3. Reiterate the directions as students begin the task. Don't expect everyone to understand the directions at the same time.

4. Break down tasks, such as a complex art project, by creating STATIONS to which they can move to follow the next step.  

5. Occasionally "game" the directions by having a little fun with them. For example...

  • Grab a fun costume an act them out as a character. 
  • Invite a student to stand next to you and try to repeat after you. 
  • Play “guess what comes next.”
  • Hand out a “Best Direction Listener” and “Best Direction Follower” award. 

6. Check your bad habits. Don't shout. Don't “wait for everyone to be still." Command focus and attention through what you are doing, demonstrating, and making sound interesting.   

7. Identify the "direction-less" and distractors early and move near them so they can feel your presence. 

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