Students appear to struggle with reading directions carefully. In math, students look at a problem first before reading the directions. I write out detailed instructions for lessons for my students. Today, I had an interesting issue.

One of my students sent me his summary bullet notes from yesterday’s assigned reading. It very neatly showed the notes from pages 1-6. The assignment, however, was to read chapters 1-6, not pages 1-6! This reminds me that no matter how carefully I have worded something, it can be read incorrectly!

How did I resolve this? I gave the student extended time to complete the assignment. I will then assess the work on the basis of the completion of the assignment.

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