Using Worked Examples to Increase Student Achievement
A worked example is a finished piece of work that learners can look to as models for their work product. A worked example might be a completed essay or anything else that is a finished product of something the learners are about to attempt.
- Learners feel more secure knowing what they are working toward.
- Learners can get ideas from the worked sample that they can adapt for their work.
- Sometimes, learners copy the sample too closely rather than using their thinking. Consider using an example that requires similar skills and processes but a different end product.
- Make sure you spend time discussing the steps it takes to go from nothing to the completed product.
- Provide learners with past examples of creative writing pieces and discuss the strategies utilized by the authors.
- Show samples that are good andpoor. Get learners to discuss how the weaker examples could be improved.