There are so many strategies teachers can adopt to manage the behaviour in schools. By having a range of tools available, teachers can be better prepared for different circumstances. One such tool is explicit instruction – a system of systematic, highly structured and sequenced steps to teach a specific skill, or in this case specific behaviours.
When teachers use explicit teaching they make it crystal clear to learners how they can be successful, rather than students discovering or constructing meaning for themselves. Some believe that explicit teaching is inferior, authoritarian and old fashioned, leading to lower pupil outcomes and understanding. Others argue the approach is useful for procedural skills but does not adequately develop pupil comprehension, creativity or motivation .