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Simplifying our practice: Instructions and expectations

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part two looks at instructions and expectations

Two factors for success in any classroom are the students knowing what to do and how they should be doing it.

Instructions and expectations are the bread and butter of successful learning. Quite simply, if students do not know how to complete a task and the way in which they are expected to do it, they will not learn efficiently – or at all!

Teachers spend a huge amount of time on this, but it doesn’t need to be a complicated process and it certainly doesn’t need to take a lot of time. With a few tweaks, you can considerably simplify your approaches to giving instructions and setting expectations.

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