Literacy PK-3

Systems Change
Literacy PK-3 > Strategies > Guided Practice

Guided Practice


Spending time on literacy practices with assistance from a teacher helps to move new content, concepts, and ideas into Long-term Memory. Through guided practice, learners rephrase, elaborate, summarize, recall, and question new content, leading to sufficient rehearsal for deeper learning. Providing guided opportunities to practice literacy activities through play or more structured assignments can support Foundational Writing Skills.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Teachers can facilitate guided classroom practice by asking questions that require learners to rehearse, process, and recall the new material. This practice bolsters students' Speed of Processing by supporting their abilities to retrieve stored information from their Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Adaptive technologies can provide personalized guided practice for learners, helping a teacher support learners of all levels in the classroom. Watch an explanation of one such product, LearnSmart.

  • For new material to be internalized and stored in learners' Long-term Memory, developers must facilitate this rehearsal and recall process. For example, they can embed reflection questions and additional explanations or examples as learners practice and retrieve the material.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy