What can I do to increase their skills in following directions? Part of the problem is that they don't listen/pay attention to my directions, but even beyond that they don't do very well at all. I think this will need to happen very slowly and incrementally, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it. One of the suggested goals for my unit about exploration was to teach how to make a paper boat as an exercise in following directions. I didn't get to that yet, but meanwhile I wanted them to fold a paper in simple quarters for something else... It took about 20 minutes of chaos before (almost) every kid had theirs, and some I just gave up and did it myself to save energy. I had to repeat the procedure for every kid individually. If you're thinking 20 minutes isn't bad for that... I have 6 kids. And IIRC, one was in a pull-out at the time.