Pedagogy Postcard #6: Modelling: Showing how it’s done.

A great blog post about modelling responses for students. While we may know the necessity of doing his the details here help to make it more of a success.


A series of short posts about specific elements of teaching practice that I think are effective and make life interesting. Some are based on my own lessons and others are borrowed from lessons I’ve observed.


Modelling is a core element of good teaching but one that I often feel could be developed further.  There are two aspects to modelling that are worth looking at:

1. Modelling the learning outcomes that are expected – showing what the end point might look like.  This is the subject of an earlier post Great Lessons 9: Possibilities.  If students know what they are aiming for, it gives them a clear sense of the expected standards.  They’re not left guessing or pitching too low – they are presented with exemplars to emulate. The standards are modelled.

2. Modelling the process of reaching those outcomes; of solving problems and producing ever better work. That’s the…

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Author: loremipsem

I am Head of Teaching and Learning and teach English at an independent School in Melbourne. I am passionate about using technology as a learning tool and I love reading and literature and language.

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