Instructional Strategy: Task Analytic Instruction
Task analytic instruction involves breaking complex skills into smaller teachable steps. Through the use of systematic and explicit instruction, scaffolding, and reinforcements, discrete skills can be taught and later chained together to form larger, more complex repertoires. See the following example of task analytic instruction taken from a mathematics lesson. The process of solving word problems is explicitly broken down into digestible chunks, allowing the teacher to carefully monitor student progress while the student has the opportunity to repeat and practice.

The scripted lesson provides a guide for breaking down complex, grade-aligned content using explicit and systematic instructional strategies. During the teaching phase, teachers are encouraged to provide specific verbal feedback after each chain in the task and to model and repeat steps that students find difficult.

Task Analytic Instruction
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