Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Explicit Instruction with Anita Archer: Part 1

Core's Leadership Summit at the beginning of March offered so much great insight into teaching reading and the ins-and-outs of RtI (Response to Intervention). As promised, I'm going slowly unpack the nuggets of goodness I took away from the conference.
Firstly, I was reminded of the importance of explicit instruction. This idea of making your teaching completely explicit was hammered into me as a grad student at USF. And likewise, Anita Archer's most recent book and conference seminar focused on the importance of explicit instruction.
Here's Anita Archer's Book:

Why use Explicit Instruction:
Many conference attendees gave Dr. Archer some resistance; they believed that self discovery was just as valid of a teaching method as explicit instruction (think Montessori). Dr. Archer said that you only can successfully discover the world independently if you have a lot of schema/background knowledge. Explicit instruction really helps those students with a low schema/background knowledge, or students with a history of failure. Unfortunately, all of my students fall into one of these two categories. But fortunately, explicit teaching can help them to be more successful.

In a nutshell, what does explicit instruction look like?
  • Systematic
  • Relentless
  • Engaging
  • Successful 
In the other parts of this series, I'll give more details about each of these areas of explicit instruction....ohhh, I have a lot more goodness to share on this topic.

For the teachers out there: What does explicit instruction look like in your classroom? When would you opt to use discovery/implicit instruction rather than explicit teaching?
Read on!

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