#44 Use the Instruction Sandwich to improve how you give instructions
The two slices of bread give students the best chance of acting upon the filling!
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I learned so much from my conversation with Science teacher, Pritesh Raichura. One of the things that has really stuck with me is the Instruction Sandwich. It goes like this:
Bread: When I say Go, and not before…
Filling: I want you to answer questions 1 to 5 in your books
Bread: Ready… (dramatic pause)… Go!
The first piece of bread ensures students are listening and focussed. The filling is where you deliver clear and concise instructions. The final piece of bread generates excitement and momentum that students take into the task.
Super simple, but really effective.
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