Explicit Teacher Modeling
The purpose of explicit teacher modeling is to provide students with a clear, multi-sensory model of a skill or concept. The teacher is the person best equipped to provide such a model.
What is it?
-Teacher both describes and models the skill and/or concept.
-Teacher clearly describes features of the concept or steps in performing math skill.
-Teacher breaks concept and/or skill into learnable parts.
-Teacher describes and models using multi-sensory techniques.
-Teacher engages students in learning through demonstrating enthusiasm, through maintaining a lively pace, through periodically questioning students, and through checking for student understanding.
What are the critical elements of this strategy?
There are eight essential components of explicit instruction:
1. Concept and/or skill is broken down into critical features or elements.
2. Teacher clearly describes concept and/or skill.
3. Teacher clearly models concept and/or skill.
4. Multi-sensory instruction (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic)
5. Teacher thinks aloud as she/he models.
6. Teacher models examples and non-examples.
8. High levels of teacher-student interaction
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