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Jun 8, 2018

Is Explicit Teaching Still Valid?


As I continue to read and reflect on current trends in education, the question of the role of explicit teaching continues to come up as something that causes confusion. In a realm of inquiry based learning, of student questions, of encouraging creativity and student voice, what is the role of explicit teaching?

As I continue to read and reflect on current trends in education, the question of the role of explicit teaching continues to come up as something that causes confusion. In a realm of inquiry based learning, of student questions, of encouraging creativity and student voice, what is the role of explicit teaching?

Simply, it is essential. Students need a variety of skills and knowledge in order to learn. The skill of reading, of adding and subtracting, amongst the many other areas that students need to learn, need to be explicitly taught. Teachers need to deliver lessons and engagements that facilitate understanding of these areas. Without them, students will be unable to effectively inquire, question, challenge and make meaning of their learning.

Good schools will have a balance of explicit teaching and inquiry learning. Through regular reflection, debrief and feedback, we continue to work at getting the balance right here at St Peter’s.


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