Whether students are reading or listening, following directions is a critical skill for young learners to master. Although it may appear to be an easy task, in fact, it requires multitasking. So, if any of those multiple tasks are challenging, it can make it very difficult to comprehend and execute directives.
What are the Skills Needed to Follow Directions?
In order to follow directions, students need to be able to do the following:
- Focus their attention
- Read or hear the directions
- Understand all the vocabulary
- Comprehend sentence syntax
- Manage a sequence of steps
- Respond to the directives
How Can Students Learn to Follow Directions?
The best way to teach students to follow directions is to help them develop these 6 needed skills. One should provide practice, in a patient and engaging environment, with activities that start at a basic level and then slowly increase in difficulty.
Where Can I Get Activities that Develop this Skill?
Come on over to my blog and download 3 free sample activities that you can use to help your students develop these needed skills.
Dr. Erica Warren