Encourage students to look for answers on their own before coming to ask you, whether it's for directions, clarification, or problem solving. Make a poster with similar steps to the following. Laminate it and post it in your classroom.
- Look at the problem again. Have you tried to start the problem before asking someone for help? Have you read the instructions?
- Ask three other students or helpers in the classroom for help.
- If you STILL cannot get help, come see me.