One of my favorite topics to tackle is classroom management. Over the years I’ve tried many tricks… some of them were flops, and others were great additions to my classroom! I won’t be sharing the flops, but I love to share tried-and-true classroom management hacks with you!
Using picture directions is one of those tricks that WORKS. They help eliminate those “What do I do??” questions and give your students the visual cues they need to follow directions independently!
Using Picture Directions in the Classroom
Let’s face it: it’s inevitable that students will forget the directions after you’ve given them, especially when there are more than a few steps. In my classroom, I love displaying visual cues on my board for students to refer to while they work. It allows me to meet with students and helps eliminate interruptions.
These colorful cards will show your students what steps they should take to complete an assignment. It’s so easy to switch out the cues you need.
What Visual Cues Are Included?
There are over 30 visual cues included, from writing names and dates, to tracing, sorting, writing, and turning in work. This set of picture directions also includes over 20 supply cards so you can display the materials students will need, as well as numbers 1-10 so you can list the steps. There are four title options (steps/supplies and I can/I need) to use with your display. You’re sure to find the card you need!
Each card includes a bright picture. Students who are just learning to read will be able to look at the picture. Words are also written in a clear and readable font so your little ones can easily recognize the words.
Set-up is easy!
To get your direction cards ready, follow these simple steps:
- Print the cards on white cardstock.
- Cut out each card.
- Laminate for durability.
- Add a magnet to the back (optional, if you’ll be using them on a magnetic surface).
If you have a chalkboard or whiteboard, then I recommend making the cards magnetic. It makes switching them out super easy. These magnetic dots are perfect for this. You could also display your cards in a pocket chart if you do not have a magnetic surface available.
You can find these direction cards in my shop!