Teaching Strategies that Give Models, Examples

At TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine, we can’t stress enough the importance of providing examples for our students. Modeling is part of our quiver of teaching strategies that are fundamentally effective and an important paradigm of teaching.

With that in mind, today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself a veteran English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, takes a look at how and why examples of exemplary work are effective.

He also outlines several different modeling types to include in your teaching regimen, including:

  • Products
  • Personal samples
  • Professional samples
  • Skills
  • And more!


Jordan sums up his article thusly: “It would truly be unfortunate if, instead of students struggling with a task and producing a great, original piece of work, they all ended up producing cookie-cutter work that looks exactly like my example.

“But on the other hand, models are for students who would struggle and fail, for students who need a guide, and for students who are learning about a particular element for the first time. Although we want to provide models to help students achieve, we must avoid habits with models that would expect all students’ work to look exactly the same and reduce their originality.”

How do you use models and examples effectively in your classroom?