Teaching Tip of the Week

Every week, we share a teaching tip of the week to help you improve your teaching. Check out what you can try in your classroom this week!

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How do direct instruction and active learning fit together?

Firstly, direct instruction.

  1. Set the stage for learning by making sure that your learners have the knowledge they need from previous lessons, to learn well in the one you are about to teach.
  2. Give a clear explanation of what is expected of them and what you want them to do.
  3. Model the process, show them how it is done.
  4. Explain what you are doing and why you are doing it.
  5. Provide guided practice time.
  6. Allow time for independent practice. 
  7. Informally assess what they have learned throughout the lesson.

So, how does this fit with active learning?

By using active learning strategies, teachers are providing opportunities for their students to use their knowledge to answer questions and complete tasks as well as enabling the teacher to assess their students’ learning, how well they have understood the topic and what to teach next.  For example, by using a ‘Do Now’ (a short activity to engage learners from the minute they walk into the classroom) or the ‘Stretch It’ technique (teacher extends a learner’s answer by asking deeper questions to find out what they know), learners are required to put their knowledge into practice. Or ask a learner to explain a concept in their own words, give them time to ask questions, or discuss their learning with others. These are all excellent methods to engage students with their learning. How will you engage your learners today?

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