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Indicator 47 – Guided Practice

Interacting With Students

Providing Feedback

Indicator 47 - Guided Practice UETS 7c.

Effective teachers follow the presentation of new material with guided practice to check for student understanding. Student success rates should approach 80 percent when they practice new material and above 90 percent when they review.


  1. Guided practice involves students answering a high number of questions while the teacher frequently checks for understanding, correcting errors as they are made, to ensure a high success rate.
  2. Supervise students' initial practice on a specific skill by asking questions and responding, working through problems, and examining mastery of specific vocabulary words. In guided practice, always stand by to offer help and assistance.
  3. Provide prompts to lead students to proper responses.
  4. Allow nearly all students in the class a chance to respond successfully before you end guided practice.
  5. Study the following scenario and adjust to fit your own needs:
    • Teacher: Having discussed the three types of verbs (action, helping and linking) how do we distinguish an action verb from a helping verb? [Wait 3-5 seconds.] David?
    • David: Action verbs show something happening in the sentence and helping verbs don't.
    • Teacher: Who can give us an example? [Teacher calls on a student who is not raising her hand.] Jill?
    • Jill: I don't know.
    • Teacher: Jill, think of the subject doing something or showing some action in a sentence, maybe playing soccer [prompt].
    • Jill: Okay. The boy kicked the soccer ball.
    • Teacher: What did the boy do, class?
    • Class: Kicked the ball [checking for understanding].
    • Teacher: Is kicked an action verb, John?
    • John: Yes.
    • Teacher: Nicely done, Jill and class. We now see from Jill's example that the subject is showing action by kicking the ball. Now, what about helping verbs? Can someone give us an example showing how a helping verb is used?

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