I just finished grading my first set of Algebra 1 quizzes. In doing so, I discovered that quite a few mistakes were made in not reading/following directions on the quiz.
So what's my solution? Send out a tweet. I asked for help in finding a following directions activity and received the following replies.
1. from @ColinTGraham: Origami is great for that. Cut up the diagrams, separate diagrams from the written instructions - reconstruct. Teaches 1 step ahead.
2. from @Praxisofreflect: Here's one (there are a million variations on it): http://goo.gl/HzYR
and an update: The one on p. 2 is what I was thinking of - just realized it has more on that document!
3. from @ColinTGraham (again): Tangrams is good too because you can move it into algebra too! Sneaky teacher ;-P http://bit.ly/dawQ9A
4. from @dandersod: like this? http://www.justriddlesandmore.com/direct.html
I'd found something like Praxisofreflect and dandersod suggested here but it involves speaking out loud and I don't want to embarrass the kids. Think I'll go with one of theirs instead.
(And if anyone else has any suggestions, please comment!)