The PBIS World Book

Explain Assignment And/Or Directions

Why should I do it:

  • It provides you with reassurance the student understands what you are saying
  • Increases students confidence
  • Reduces off task behavior, work avoidance, and disruptions
  • Improves work completion and comprehension
  • Decreases the amount of time for students to complete tasks
  • Reassures student
  • Can provide clarification for other students as well as the one you are explaining it to

When should I do it:

  • When students often say they don’t understand the work
  • When students don’t start on the assignment immediately or significantly under the pace of the majority of the class
  • When students are goofing around, horse playing, off task, or exhibiting behavior issues
  • When students exhibit work avoidance, like going to the bathroom, getting a drink, getting supplies and materials, etc

How do I do it:

  • Explain the assignment/directions to student using eye contact and getting down to student’s level
    • For students that may feel embarrassed, timid, or shy, you may speak in a quiet tone and possibly have the student come up to the teachers desk
  • Have student repeat the directions to you
  • Watch the student do the first portion to help problem solve
  • Check in periodically with the student
  • Encourage students to ask for clarification or repetition of assignments and directions frequently