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Worked examples

Worked examples demonstrate the steps required to complete a task or solve a problem

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Key elements of Worked examples
  • Based on assessed student needs
  • Goals are presented clearly so students know what they are intended to learn
  • Can focus on surface and/or deep learning
  • Challenges students relative to their current level of understanding
  • Links to explicit assessment criteria

Effective educators use worked examples to reduce learner cognitive load, enabling them to focus on understanding a process which leads to an answer, not the answer itself.

What do I do?

Enabling the learner to focus on the learning, not simply the outcome of the task, is a critical element to support and develop numeracy.

Various examples and explanations are utilised to guide, inform and achieve the learning intention.

The numeracy learner, while challenged, is supported by the educator as they transition to independent practice.

The educator uses feedback based on success criteria and other formative assessment techniques to monitor and respond to the learning needs of the learner.

Modelling the use of different manipulative materials and ways of visualising provides opportunities for learners to respond to and demonstrate their learning.

This developing fluency and understanding allows learners to explore independent practice with greater confidence, knowing what is expected of them.

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