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Clear and Concise Directions

Why should I do it?

  • This is a good general strategy to use with all students to increase understanding
  • Improves students’ ability to correctly complete assignments
  • Helps students to fully benefit and get everything out of an assignment
  • Reduces the number of students coming up to get help and clarification
  • Improves students attending behaviors

When should I do it?

  • This is a good general strategy to use at all times

How do I do it?

  • Use clear and understandable language in directions
  • Keep directions as short and concise as possible
  • Do not be “wordy” in directions
  • Repeat directions verbally
  • Have students repeat and explain directions back
  • Do one or several problems or items with the students to clarify the directions
  • Break longer directions down into parts and explain each part with examples
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