Pedagogical Profferings


Teaching a Lesson

What Good Teachers Do



"Telling is Not Teaching"


Have Materials Ready

Do not relinquish students’ attention from the last activity until you have given clear instructions for the following activity

Select a practiced cue to get students’ attention

Do not begin until everyone is paying attention

Clearly describe goals, activities, directions and evaluation procedures


Precise Instructions Include:

What they are doing, why they are doing it and how they can obtain assistance

What to do with the completed work

What to do when they are finished

Describing the quality of finished work

After giving directions have students paraphrase them

Place directions where they can be seen


More Best Practices

Stimulate interest by relating the lesson to student’s lives, interests, or a previous lesson

Start with a highly motivating activity

Remind students of key procedures related to the activity

Monitor the progress and provide specific feedback

When students have difficulty following directions break task down into smaller segment.

At the conclusion ask students to sum up what they have learned, either through discussions, journal writing, skits, or learning displays (collages, posters, newspaper article, etc.)


Reference (Jones & Jones, 2007)