Instructional Tactics
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Module 4 : Instructional Tactics

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1.     To introduce participants to a range of different Instructional Tactics

2.     To allow participants to consider the effective application of Instructional Tactics in classroom practice

3.     To extend participants’ awareness of the characteristics and power of Instructional Tactics in the teacher’s repertoire.

4.     To further refine teachers’ understanding of the complex interplay between Skills, Tactics and Strategies in the teacher’s instructional repertoire.


  • Exploration of the characteristics ofInstructionalTactics
  • Consideration of ‘Think-Pair-Share’ as an example of a complex instructional tactic
  • Examination of eight specific instructional tactics and their origins :
 TacticBook authorSource of additional tactics
1.PMI (Plus/Minus/Interesting)deBonoCoRT
2.EBS (Examine Both Sides)deBonoCoRT
3.Fish BoneBellancaThink Tank II
4.Venn DiagramKaganCooperative learning
5.Think Pair ShareKaganCooperative learning
6.Numbered HeadsKaganCooperative Learning
5.Walk AboutAuthor UnknownSource Unknown
6.Value LinesKaganCo-operative learning
  • Examinationof the application of examples of these tactics in arrange of sample lesson plans

Learning Outcomes:

At the end oftheir engagement with this module, participants will:

1.    Be able to identify and articulate the nature of a range of Instructional Tactics and refer to relevant research

2.    Be able to articulate the value and importance of instructional tactics asappropriate interventions in classroom situations.

3.   Be able to incorporate tactics appropriately in the formulation of lesson plans.

4.   Have a further enhanced understanding of the interplay that exists between Skills, Tactics and Strategies