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Organizing Lessons > Managing Attention and Behavior

Planning an engaging lesson requires effective instructional organization and student management.  Having your lesson slides sequenced in advance will take care of much of the organization.  Your scope and sequence will help you determine which new skills to focus on, and your observations from previous lesson will help you know which skills need review.

To manage your instruction in a virtual environment, we recommend some key strategies:

  1. planning and organizing your lesson activities carefully
  2. beginning each lesson with a checklist, which serves as an advance organizer,
  3. clearly stating behavioral expectations and reviewing them often, and
  4. using frequent behavior-specific praise.

 Check out this recent article by Valentina Contesse and Holly Lane: “Tips for Supporting Students’ Behavioral Needs During Virtual Reading Instruction”