Explicit teaching is about making learning intentions and success criteria clear, with the teacher using examples when working though problems, setting relevant learning tasks, checking student understanding and providing feedback.
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Explicit teaching includes seven key components that enable teachers to guide the learning process. These components include:
- purposeful planning that identifies learning outcomes and success criteria
- consideration of all students’ learning needs when planning
- explicit modelling of reasoning and processes behind actions
- teacher and student questioning that targets explicit concepts and processes
- classroom dialogue focused on making mathematical ideas explicit
- feedback that is specific and clearly actionable
- making explicit the connections between related mathematical topics and their applications.
When teachers adopt explicit teaching practices, they ensure students know what to do and why. The teacher plans the learning intentions and success criteria, makes them clear to students, and ensures they are modelled. By the end of the learning sequence, student understanding is validated and planned mathematical connections are established.
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