23 Strategies to Teach Students Sequencing Skills

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Are you looking for strategies to teach students sequencing skills? If so, keep reading.

1. Inspect the learner’s comprehension of first, next, and last by having the learner tell what happens during daily activities in first, next, and last order.

2. Give the learner a recording of the story to listen to as they read along.

3. Get the learner to write the main activities of stories as they read them.

4. Get the learner to read one paragraph of a new account and make notes on the activities; then read the next section and make notes, etc.

5. Model making notes of a the series of activities as you read selections with the learner.

6. Get the learner to rephrase the series of activities in each paragraph read. The teacher can transcribe the paraphrased sequence, or the learner can record it.

7. Assess the learner’s auditory and visual short-term memory skills to ascertain which is stronger. Utilize the learner’s stronger mode to enable the retention of sequential information.

8. Provide the learner one task to perform at a time. Present the next task only when the learner has successfully finished the prior task.

9. Teach the learner to visualize information as if it were a movie; then play it back mentally when they need to verbalize it.

10. Get the learner to practice repetition of information to increase short-term memory skills (e.g., repeating names, telephone numbers, dates of activities, etc.).

11. Teach the learner to find the main idea of a story and causal relationships within the story to enable the recall of information in the correct order.

12. Get the learner to practice remembering sequences by engaging in sequential learning activities that are purposeful to them (e.g., operating equipment, following recipes, opening a combination lock, etc.).

13. Utilize a flannel board to practice sequencing a familiar story or an ordinary action.

14. Get the learner to be a peer tutor to teach another learner a concept they have learned.

15. Give practice in sequencing using an app that gives the learner instant feedback.

16. Make sure the learner has mastery of reading ideas at each level before introducing a new skill level.

17. Make sure the learner is not required to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

18. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to hurry and commit errors.

19. Minimize the amount of information on a page if it is causing visual distractions for the learner (e.g., have less print to read, isolate information that is presented to the learner, etc.).

20. Find the learner’s most efficient learning mode and use it continuously to increase the likelihood of comprehension (e.g., If the learner fails to understand the information presented orally, present it in written form. If the learner has difficulty comprehending written information, present it orally.).

21. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

22. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

23. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:

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