Balancing Being Open, Challenging and Explicit


As teachers we are asked to use open and challenging tasks, be more of a facilitator of learning, to promote productive struggle and encourage students to make connections and reach understandings for themselves. This is a major shift for lots of teachers and prompts many questions.

“How does explicit teaching and practice of skills and strategies fit alongside challenging tasks?”
“How much information and support should I be providing students?”
“What about teacher focus groups and modelling?”
“How do I get a good balance between struggle and challenge and explicit teaching and practice?”

All these questions will be explored in this session to support teachers in developing a better understanding of how we can better balance supporting students while still giving students the chance to deepen their own understandings and make connections for themselves.

Michael Bairstow

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
E-18 05/12/2019 03:40 pm 04:40 pm La Trobe University, Bundoora


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