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Explicit teaching

Explicit teaching practices show students what to do and how to do it

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Key elements of Explicit Teaching
  • Shared learning intentions
  • Relevant content and activities
  • New content is explicitly introduced and explored
  • Teacher models application of knowledge and skills
  • Worked examples support independent practice
  • Practice and feedback loops uncover and address misunderstandings

Effective educators use explicit teaching to provide instruction, demonstrate concepts and build learner knowledge and skills.

In explicit teaching practice, educators show students what to do and how to do it, and create opportunities in lessons for learners to demonstrate understanding and apply the learning.

What do I do?

An effective numeracy environment is one that seeks to create learning clarity; learners know what they are expected to learn and they are provided with opportunities to demonstrate their learning.

Educators specifically model and demonstrate what the learner can expect, supporting the learner to engage, explore and explain.

Through explicit instruction learners are able to develop their understanding and form increasingly sophisticated connections between related concepts.

Educators use questioning and feedback to probe, redirect and clarify the learning, encouraging the learners’ ideas and supporting independent exploration.

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