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What is Explicit Teaching

This is a term that has taken hold recently as a structured tool for teachers. Deep down a lot of it is the "old" ways that we recall the good teachers combined with new methods used in other non-teaching workplaces.

A summary:

Explicit teaching is a systematic, engaging, and success-oriented approach to instruction. It involves fully explaining and effectively demonstrating what students need to learn. This method accords with what we know about the learning process and empirical evidence on effective teaching practices [1].

Here are some key points about explicit teaching:

  1. Clear Objectives: Explicit teaching ensures that lesson goals are clearly defined. Students understand what they need to learn and what success looks like at the end of a lesson.

  2. Direct Instruction: Teachers using explicit teaching provide direct instruction by breaking down concepts into smaller steps. They guide students through the learning process step by step.

  3. Feedback and Practice: Students receive ample feedback and opportunities to practice. This helps reinforce their understanding and mastery of the material.

  4. Structured Approach: Explicit teaching follows a structured approach, often using stages or scaffolds to achieve lesson objectives.

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