Best Practice

Effective teacher modelling

Effective teacher modelling can help to address misconceptions before they arise. Adam Riches advises how teachers can make this approach work in their classrooms

Effective feedback plays a vital role in boosting student progress. However, there is an equally important place for teaching practice that addresses misconceptions before they arise. Measured failure and desirable difficulty are also key parts of learning, but making sure that the difficulty and failure come at the right time is key.

Modelling is a great way to make sure that your teaching has the right levels of success and challenge. Efficient modelling can also drastically reduce your workload outside of the classroom. But how many teachers really think about how they model in class?

In the most simple form, modelling is about seeing before doing and therefore minimising the ambiguity around an outcome. It follows that learning and the application of learning is then streamlined and students are able to effectively mould their own practice around the teacher’s examples.

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