Write ‘n Pause

  • Situation

    Some students in my class never follow directions. They just sit, or don’t put away materials and get what they need next. How can I help these students?

  • Summary

    Write an “agenda” for your lesson or the next few activities (not the day) on the board for students who may miss directions. Remember to wait 2-3 seconds between directions to give some students a chance to process the information and then act upon it.

  • Definition

    The Write’n Pause strategy assists students who cannot keep up with directions due to shifting or auditory processing issues. It includes an “agenda” of the next activity or lesson listed on the board and waiting at least 2-3 seconds between directions. Some students need up to 8 seconds or more to “hear” a direction.

  • Quick Facts

    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
    • Planning Effort: Low
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    ability to read

  • Process

    1. Make an “agenda” or list of what will be taught in the next lesson or activity.

    2. Show the agenda and review with students.

    3. When giving directions wait 2-3 seconds at the minimum before giving the next one.

    4. Option – as each line of the agenda is completed it can be erased so the student knows what assignments and activities still need to be completed.

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