Directing Language

Think through directions
The goal of directing language is to say enough for students to succeed in their work without saying too much.

Being concise takes practice. The rigor that comes with aiming for the fewest, clearest words will strengthen your teaching and will lessen the amount of time your voice dominates the room.

To that end, you could write down and post directions if there are more than three steps.

Instead of asking the vague “Any questions?” before students start their work, ask, “Who can tell us what we’re about to do?” This allows a student to hold the floor for a moment and to practice speaking to the class, and it allows everyone to hear the directions once more, from a fellow student.

-Taken from Developmental Designs Self-Coaching Guide
Reflection, Feedback, and Strategies for High Student Engagement