ERIC Number: ED207026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Following Written Directions: A Survival Skill.
The ability to follow directions is a survival skill in today's society, but because many teachers have received little training in how to give clear directions they tend to provide little classroom instruction in how to follow directions. There appear to be four major hindrances to following directions: (1) the directions were either not read or not heard, (2) comprehension of directions is limited, (3) the directions were given poorly, and (4) students expect to have the directions repeated. These hindrances can be alleviated by setting the stage for listening--getting children's attention and refusing assignments for which the directions were not followed; by giving children careful guidance on how to follow directions and assisting with unfamiliar vocabulary in written directions; by choosing the appropriate method for giving the instructions (oral, written, demonstrated, and pictorial); and by letting students know that the directions will not be given and explained over and over. Finally, a written copy should back up all oral instructions that are to be followed at a later time or day. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Directions; Instructions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (6th, Norfolk, VA, November 12-15, 1980).