Explicit Instruction, a new book by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes, sure gives the appearance of a winner. I’ve only had the chance to read the first chapter, but that and the knowledge that these two authors know their way around both the research about and practice of instruction are enough to convince me to place an order.
I suspect that this would serve well as a textbook for a methods class. It probably would also be a good source for a teacher who wanted to get back to basics, to renew her or his commitment to doing fundamental instruction well. I’m looking forward to getting my copy.
There’s an accompanying Web site for Explicit Instruction where one can peruse the table of contents, read the preface, learn about the authors, download that first chapter (can you say “free download?“), and so forth.
Disclosure: Yes, I know these folks. No, they’ve not given me a copy of the book nor any other inducement to encourage me to endorse the product.