We’ve all been there. You tell your students to take out their homework folder or binder. You ask them to put a paper in a specific folder. Some of your students listen, but others are not paying attention.
I started doing what I like to call “Random Checks.” Here’s how the random checks work. If I give the students a direction, such as, “Please take out your homework folder,” I will then say, “I’m going to do a random check to see who is following directions the first time.” Then, I click the “random” button on ClassDojo, and it randomly picks a student. I then check to see if that student followed the directions, and if he/she did, then I give him/her a Dojo point.
If you do not do ClassDojo, you could do random checks by putting the students’ names on popsicle sticks and then picking one of them.
It works like a charm! It even works with my students who usually take their good old time doing everything. My students really like the random checks, and they even ask for them! I will often pick a couple of students or sometimes I’ll give everyone a point if they all followed directions. I’d love to hear your tips/tricks for getting your students to follow directions the first time. Comment below!