Giving Instructions Effectively

Giving Instructions Effectively

Maggie Healy

After setting your class a task and watching them all get busy doing it, there’s nothing more disheartening than finding out at the feedback stage that one, or perhaps all, gravely misunderstood what they were supposed to do or that someone completed the wrong exercise! The risk of at least one student not being “on task” in any group session is quite likely and this probability seems to grow exponentially with class size. It’s important for us to recognise that, with clear instructions and careful monitoring, we can influence the probability of this occurring and can effectively manage and rectify the situation if it does. After all, one of our most important jobs as teacher is keeping the students on task.

Instructions Analysis – Samples  2011-05-17 – Instructions analysis – worksheet  2011-09-18 – Intructions and ICQs

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