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Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative

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  • 0:22 Expository Instruction
  • 1:20 Interactive Instruction
  • 2:24 Hands-On Instruction
  • 3:30 Collaborative Instruction
  • 4:25 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Erin Long-Crowell
In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.

Expository Instruction

Imagine you're a student at the Academy of Magic. It's a Tuesday, so your schedule includes the following classes: magical history, the study of non-magical people and practical anti-dark magic. You also have kettleball practice tonight.

A teacher giving a lecture to the class is using expository instruction.
Expository Instruction Example

After a hearty breakfast, you head to magical history. Your teacher is Professor Spectre, a very old man who always stands at the front of the classroom and drones on and on. His preferred teaching method is expository instruction, which could be defined as the use of an expert to explain a concept or give information to the student. Expository instruction involves one-way communication - that is, communication from the teacher or expert to the student. When Professor Spectre is lecturing, he is considered the 'expert;' however, he sometimes uses other experts, such as textbook authors, and requires you to read the information. In the real world, a teacher using expository instruction might give a presentation, make you read textbooks or even watch a video; in any scenario, you are receiving information from an expert.

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