Explicit Math Instruction

During classroom instruction, teachers often engage students in learning about a new topic or procedure by having them explore the mathematics that will be involved. Due to the large teacher-student ratio, the standard instructional cycle of demonstration, guided practice, corrective feedback, and review may be insufficient to help all students make progress toward expected outcomes. Furthermore, students having difficulty with mathematics require explicit and systematic instruction that includes modeling concepts, procedures, and proficient problem solving processes; verbalizing thought processes; guided practice; corrective feedback; and frequent cumulative review.

Field Guide Alignment - Math Principle 5: Provide explicit and systematic instruction during instruction and intervention.


Learn about the strategy

A step by step explaination
Developed by the IRIS Center

Sample chapter 
Developed by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes

Developed by Georgia Department of Education


See the strategy in action

Highlights the components of explicit instruction
Developed by Pennsylvania Dept. of Education/PaTTAN

Ask the expert video
Developed by National Center for Intensive Intervention

Explicit math instruction demo
Developed by Granite School District


Use the strategy

Observation and coaching tool with guidelines

Developed by MSMI

Resources on using concrete representation

Developed by MSMI

Examples of explicit math instruction/activities
Developed by National Center on Intensive Intervention

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