|One part of my professional development with teachers at Meynaa School is covering how to give students "Explicit Directions" and "Checking For Understanding."|
Students basically like a structured classroom, and I've explained to the teachers, that the clearer we are as teachers of what we want students to do, the more instructional / teaching time we gain.
Explicit Directions: I want you to do the following three things, but only start them after I tell you to do so. First I want you to clear off your desk, second I want you to take out your textbook, third I want you to open the book to page 46.
Check For Understanding: Student A "How many things have I asked you to do?" Student B " What is the first thing you are suppose to do?" Student C "What is the second thing you are suppose to do?" Student D "What is the third thing you are suppose to do?"
Okay student, now I will give you 15 seconds to complete those three things, doing them quietly, and you can start right now......