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What is Explicit, Structured Education?

Structured Literacy instruction is the umbrella term used by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to unify and encompass evidence-based programs and approaches that are aligned to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS; Cowen, 2016). IDA defines KPS as “the knowledge and skills that all teachers of reading should possess to teach all students to read proficiently.” 

Structured Literacy approaches are effective at helping students with learning disabilities in the area of reading, such as dyslexia, learn to read and write (Spear-Swerling, 2019). Put simply, Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels (Iowa Reading Research website).

Mathematics is a diverse field and requires many different skills, including logical and strategic thinking, fact retrieval from memory, and the ability to order, organise, sequence and focus on a problem (Iowa Reading Research website).

Explicit instruction involves using highly structured and sequenced steps to teach a specific skill. With this approach, the educator intentionally aims to teach students with (learning differences) using a series of actions in three main stages: preparing for the lesson, interacting with students over the course of the lesson, consolidating the lesson taught (Gauthier, Bissonnette & Richard, 2013).

Programs and pedagogies that support Explicit, Structured Literacy click here

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