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Model Assignment or Skill


By talking through their thinking at each step of a process, teachers can model what learning looks like. Showing students that teachers, too, are learners who struggle and persist through challenging work also models the importance of continuous growth. Observing thought processes and expected behaviors also helps students feel supported in their learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch a kindergarten teacher model his thinking while reading a story aloud. He shows how he arrived at his questions and how asking questions is important when reading. Students then try the strategy out with a partner, allowing them to also practice their Social Awareness and Relationship Skills.

  • In think-alouds, teachers verbalize their thoughts while reading a text aloud. Seeing the thoughts and questions that arise for another reader helps learners become more aware of the strategies good readers employ to monitor their understanding. They also can improve their reading comprehension by further developing their Auditory Processing skills.
  • 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.

    Learn how an assistive reading app, the Sounding Out Machine, uses modeling to support learners' Decoding skills. By hearing how to break down unfamiliar words, learners develop Phonological Awareness and Auditory Processing skills.

  • Visual and interactive models can be readily integrated into edtech products. Developers can provide pre-made models or the tools, such as audio and video recording, for teachers to create models, that their students can revisit.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy