In the last quarter of the 20th century, numerous school districts and even whole states adopted the instructional model of influential educator Madeline Hunter. Then, as Hunter herself laments, her teaching ideas were reduced to a lockstep process that critics said was too rigid, and the model was eclipsed by other teaching fads. But Hunter’s legacy is that she based her model on observing master teachers and using research-based principles. So what are the “new,” old basics of sound instruction that every teacher should use to help students achieve? How do student motivation and engagement come into play?
We welcome a fresh look and real stories focusing on the basics of classroom instruction that may include setting objectives and standards of performance; input, modeling, and guided practice; checking for understanding and independent practice; and closure.