Effective instructions are simple and clear statements of our behavioral expectations
Young children are still developing their abilities to pay attention, remember information, and follow directions. Clear and simple instructions make it more likely that children will know what to do in the classroom.
Hallmarks of This Strategy
Simple and Clear
Easy to follow directions help children understand and remember what to do.
Specific, Assertive, and Positive
Effective instructions are specific, delivered as statements-not questions- and tell children what to do rather than what to stop.
Gaining children’s attention, building in wait time, and following through on your instructions leads to children listening and succeeding in the task.
In this lesson, we explore the characteristics of effective instructions and the best ways to use them in the moment. We discuss how to phrase instructions so they are specific, assertive, and positive. We also cover simple steps to make your delivery of instruction as intentionally and effective as possible.