Instruction in the context of education is synonymous with teaching. In teaching there are different roles in which an outstanding teacher will find themselves during instruction. The roles include direct instruction, facilitation of understanding, and coaching. Each role is carefully chosen for the purpose of bringing out desired student actions.
Direct instruction is when the teacher is modeling, demonstrating, lecturing and asking questions. The intent is for students to observe, practice, take notes, question and give responses. During facilitation of understanding the teacher provides opportunities for
discussion, experimental inquiry, graphic representation, problem-based learning and use of the writing process. In turn, students collaborate,
consider, explain, hypothesize, solve, clarify, organize and revise. As the coach, a teacher is providing feedback, conferencing with individuals and groups and assisting with guided practice. Student actions are likely to be to listen, practice, retry, reflect, recycle through and refine their thinking and learning.
Teaching and Learning staff are trained in aiding educators with all of the roles of teacher and student actions and look forward to discussing them with ESU 10 educators.