Teacher Modeling Academic Task

Model Lesson, Task and Performance Modeling, Explicit Teacher Modeling

UDL 3.3 UDL 6.3

Teacher modeling includes explicit instruction on how to complete a task. When tasks are modeled, students learn by multi-sensory observation. Students observe the teacher thinking aloud (Think Aloud) while attempting to complete the skills required to complete the task.

Implementation Tips

Students as Models
Students who have mastered a particular skill can be student leaders and demonstrate procedures for a certain task or skill in front of the whole class or for a small group.
Discussion and self-reflection is an important component of teacher modeling. Teachers can have a huge impact on student academic behavior by modeling the appropriate methods to complete tasks and the non-examples of what not to do.
While modeling a skill or task, teachers should act lively and engaged to maintain their students attention. Engage with the students during the modeling and ask questions as needed.


Teachers can model how to use different problem solving strategies while the entire class watches. He can talk about his strategy to complete the problem while he tries out different methods. He can talk about what worked and what didn't work with the students after completing the problem.
While reading an informational text, teachers can model metacognition skills by demonstrating how he uses questioning strategies to find more information and understand the text better.
Teachers can model how to complete a science experiment, working through each step explicitly while thinking aloud and modeling what is necessary to perform a successful experiment.

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