Six tips to improve your explicit teaching

Excellent, important blog by Greg Ashman

Filling the pail

Perhaps you have read a few articles on explicit instruction and you want to try it out. One of the attractions is that explicit forms of teaching are quite similar to default forms of teaching. Most teachers probably stand at the front, explain things and then set tasks for students to complete, whether they feel guilty about this kind of teaching or not. However, there are a number of key things that a teacher can do to make explicit teaching more effective. We know this mainly due to a body of research that took place in the 1960s and 1970s and that examined which teacher actions correlated to the greatest gains in student knowledge. Barak Rosenshine gives an excellent summary here.

I am going to draw upon this research, some additional studies and a little of my own experience to suggest six key strategies that you can implement to help take…

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