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Teaching Tip: Explicit Teaching


Explicit teaching involves your directing students' attention to specific learning; e.g. developing a thesis statement. The method focuses on creating specific learning outcomes.

All topics are broken down into smaller, manageable parts and are then taught individually. Typically, a teacher who uses explicit teaching will use explanation, demonstration and practice. All topics must be taught in logical order. After a skill has been taught and modeled, the students then can build on this knowledge through practice, collaboration and other hands-on activities.

  • State the reason for learning; e.g. to learn how to graph statistics.
  • Provide instruction to the students.
  • Provide modeling and demonstration to students.
  • Guide the students' hands-on applications of the learning.
  • Allow students to practice until they have attained independence in the task or skill.
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