A teacher standing in front of a screen in a classroom

Use instructional sequences in your classroom

Middle years

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By providing an instructional sequence at the beginning of each lesson, teachers give students a road map of what will happen in the lesson. 

A clear visual instructional sequence:

  • keeps students more engaged and on track
  • helps students understand lesson content, purpose, and objectives – what they are doing and why
  • promotes a sense of predictability in the classroom
  • demonstrates to students how to break bigger tasks into smaller components – a crucial organisational skill.

This practice will help students to

remember homework

understand the routine

know what to expect

work independently

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This practice is from the core research project


instructional sequence promotes predictability and keeps pupils are engage.


3 May 2022