...sharing strategies for teaching second graders...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Following Directions, anyone?

A Lesson in Following Directions is something my teamies and I have been discussing for a couple of weeks now. Sometimes our second graders ask questions about their work simply because they have not slowed down to read the directions. They jump straight to number 1. I rememeber a lesson we had in college that had much to do if you didn't read the directions first. Our instructor reminded everyone to read the directions very carefully before beginning. There was something in her voice that prompted me to do just that. It was fun watching all the students complete that paper...those who did hear the instructor's voice, and those who didn't! Check this out and use or change it as you wish. Happy day


  1. This is great! My co-teacher in second grade and I are having a horrible time with our students not listening to, reading, and/or following directions. I think that we are going to have to use this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Please let me know how it goes. I can't wait to try it out with our students, just to see who really reads directions. Some of them are just so smart they can figure out most of their work without reading the directions. Teaching children to slow down, read, and think is my goal...especially for those of my students who are capable but pop up from their seats 10+ times daily to ask "What do I do?" or say "I don't get it..." when I know good and well they can read!! :)

  3. I have a paper like this that I give my kids each year...well, I did in 3rd grade. I might have to wait until the end of the year in 2nd, but it really let's me show them how much they DON'T follow directions...ha!

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron