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Master Your Teaching Strategies List

Teaching Strategies are your tools of trade.

Like any professional, you must keep your tools of trade in good order.

Relief Teachers are in the enviable position of being able to try out the full range of your teaching strategies list. Even if you completely BOMB out, the damage caused will not be disastrous. Give it a go.

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al boddy

Hi Bob,
re the direct instruction article.
I would just like to share my experiences over some years of teaching.
When I trained at uni in the u.k there came out a huge tome of work from a Lady Plowden….(House of Lords I think)`about children and their primary schools`(1968 ish) and looking at CHALK and TALK methods of teaching (direct instruction)and telling us we should changes from streaming, get the students into groups, let them discover for themselves rather than just listening to the teacher.

New schools were built to suit this new idea – no blackboards, no chalk, students making up the rules, choosing when to have their recesses, team teaching were just a few of the things involved. I even went to teach in the US with this approach.

When I arrived back in the uk a few years later ALL these schools had closed or were back to the old form of teaching (or a modified version of).

Apparently in theory it had merit but in practice it was turning out `happy`idiots and public opinion turned against it .(I remember a group of parents asking me how their
11-12 year old child could be expected to make/take decisions for themselves that open learning demanded.

When I came to teach over here, my first school was a Primary School in very low
socio economic area (was the second worst in all of Australia according to W.A Dep of Ed.)
We had a new Principal and a whole new staff.(SEND IN THE POMS??) We immediately put in most areas a D.I. (Direct Instruction). To improve the (LITERACY/NEMERACY)results in the school and to stem behavioural problems(EYES DOWN look in) This was mornings Afternoons was for all the other areas of the curriculum (So we tried to educate the all round child)
This worked a treat. The results improved enormously. The students became much more confident in their abilities and they enjoyed the idea of the direct instruction and the results it gave them.

Having seen/experienced both over a number of years. Give me a modified (to the way I was taught) Direct Instruction method any day!
We used to have a saying amongst the teaching staff at the open plan method schools
OPEN PLAN LEARNING – not with my own kids (family) we sent ours to the chalk and talk D.I. schools.
As a casual relief teacher I use the D.I method !
Hope this might be useful to others.

Best wishes 2013


    Hi Al.

    Happy New Year. You have hit the nail on the head as usual.

    Education systems are renown for throwing out the baby with the bath water. Systems tend to work on the pendulum model and we swing from one fad to another. And that is a problem. Our decision makers just don’t seem to learn from past mistakes – remember cuisenaire rods, experiential spelling, open learning.

    Direct Instruction is not chalk and talk as you say. The bottom line is learning outcomes. It is important to look at how kids learn best and making certain they do.

    D.I. makes up 60% of my teaching but we really need to consolidate effective learning with depth in teaching strategies.

    After all, teaching strategies must equal effective learning otherwise it is just talking.


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