What is Chronological Order? - Definition & Example

What is Chronological Order? - Definition & Example
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  • 0:03 Everything Has a Place
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  • 1:29 How to Use Chronological Order
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Instructor: Shannon Orr
Why is it important to explain information in a particular order? This lesson defines and explains the importance of using and teaching chronological order.

Everything Has a Place

Imagine sitting in a workshop that is designed to help teachers organize their school year. If the presenter starts off speaking about what to expect during the middle of the year, then transitions to the beginning of the year, jumps to the end of the year, and finally ends with the first day of school, most participants would leave confused and frustrated. Teaching and explaining events and lessons should follow a beginning, middle, and end flow so that those who are learning the skill can build upon the information they've been taught.

What Is Chronological Order?

Chronological order is listing, describing, or discussing when events happened as they relate to time. Basically, it is like looking at a timeline to view what occurred first and what happened after that. For example, if teachers wanted their students to describe their first day of school, the expectation would be for students to start with waking up that morning and getting prepared. If students start from the moment they walked into the school, valuable information has been skipped and could cause the listener to feel confused due to lack of information.

Helping students understand what chronological order is and how to properly apply the skill will be beneficial to students ranging from kindergarten all the way up to those who are on a collegiate path. The idea may seem basic, but lacking the skill of chronological order can cause students to struggle academically and not have a firm educational foundation.

When and How to Use Chronological Order

When most people think about using chronological order, history or social studies immediately pop into their mind. Explaining that this event happened first, which led to the next event, and so on, helps students remember specific details and build upon what they are being taught. Students understand why a particular war was necessary because they have the prior knowledge regarding events that led up to the war. Although chronological order is useful in history, the concept is beneficial for every subject that teachers may teach and students may learn.

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