Monday, December 3, 2012


Teach Like a Champion
Technique #16
Break It Down
“We” Technique

“You never know exactly how big the gap is between the student’s level of knowledge and the knowledge necessary for mastery.”

KEY IDEA:  One of the best ways to present material again is to respond to a lack of clear student understanding by breaking a problematic idea down into components parts. 

  • Provide an example
  • Provide context
  • Provide a rule
  • Provide the missing (or first) step
  • Rollback (Sometimes repeating the answer back to student is enough for them to recognize their error)
  • Eliminate false choices 
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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