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Gagne's Nine Events Application in Primary Classroom

EIT 632: Part B
“Application of Gagne’s Nine Events in Designing Instruction”
There are many effective instructional models available for teachers to follow in their
teaching and learning practice. Malaysian classrooms, for example, are using the format of PPP
instructional model; Present, Practice, and Produce. However, this model may not be enough to
guide teachers particularly in integrating technology in their instruction. Gagne’s Nine Events of
Instructions is one of the effective models which offer a distinct explanation of how an effective
instruction should be. Gagne’s Nine Events of Instructions has outlined nine events of instructions;
1) Gain attention, 2) Inform learners of objective, 3) Stimulate recall of prior knowledge, 4) Present
materials, 5) Provide guidance, 6) Elicit performance, 7) Provide feedback, 8) Assess performance,
and 9) Enhance retention with transfer. Even though the events are listed in sequence, Gagne
indicated that either of these events can occur before, after or simultaneously at the same time in
teaching and learning instruction. Hence, by adapting the nine events of instruction, I will attempt
to demonstrate how to conduct two effective language lessons, especially in teaching writing in
English as Second Language for 12 years old learners.
Present stage
Gain attention
Getting attention is very important before teachers start their lessons. Motivation towards
engagement can vary especially in the initial part of a lesson, hence producing appealing stimulus
could do the trick. Failure to gain attention before a lesson would make learners lose interest,
resulting from a lack of focus on the entire lesson. Hence, to create an appealing and novel situation
for learning, I need to begin my set induction by using a random recording of a day at the beach
and let the learners guess where they can find such an atmosphere. This should happen before they
start on an essay writing activity on the topic “A Day at The Beach”. Emotions are one of the
human elements that teachers could trigger to gain attention that lasts. Therefore, sharing a
PowerPoint picture gallery on bullying or reviewing news articles on bullying at school or work
for a flipped classroom in Whatsapp group, could appeal to learners’ emotions, let them be concern
about bullying, and gain their attention to the lesson of on the topic of “Bullying” in the following
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day. After successfully gaining attention, there will be no doubt that learners are fixed to the next
stage of their lesson.
Inform learners of objective
Right after the Gaining Attention step, I will then outline the learning objective of my
lesson. Teachers, therefore, need to bear in mind that translating learning standards from academic
documents into clear and understandable learning objectives act as the foresight to allow learners
to prepare mentally for the lesson. Learners will activate their executive control, facilitated by the
learning objectives, and start to browse on any effective learning strategies they had known to use
during the lesson. It is vital to give doable descriptions of tasks learners need to achieve in their
lessons to guide their executive control. Such descriptive learning objective could start with, ‘After
this lesson, pupils should be able …’ and continued with ‘to construct three descriptive paragraphs
essay on the topic “A Day at The Beach”’ or ‘to create an awareness poster on bullying’, to give
learners ideas on what learning strategies they needed for the lessons. I would write the learning
objectives on the whiteboard for my learners to see or refer to at the course of their lesson. As a
result, my learners are more focused and engaged with my lesson because they know what they
need to achieve in the duration of my lesson.
Stimulate recall of prior knowledge
The next stage that comes after the Informing Learning Objective stage, would be to
stimulate learners’ prior knowledge. In general, prior knowledge requires learners to recall
information or information about what they know in response to a certain idea or stimulus. This
process of retrieving old information will create strong relationships between the new knowledge
and the old ones. The easy way of doing this is to recycle keywords, visual aids, ideas, or relate
previous activities to the new lesson. Learners will also be able to retain their previous knowledge
when the lesson is memorable. Thus, conducting my lesson in a positive environment and
stimulatingly exciting activities. I would recycle words such as ‘picnic’, ‘family’, ‘sunny’,
‘windy’, ‘happy’ and ‘weekend’ from my previous lesson on “A Day At The Park” for my essay
writing on “ A Day At The Beach”. As for creating a poster, I would refer to our previous Language
Arts project on making a poster of an on-coming Shakespeare play which was quite memorable
because they had performed the play in class at that time.
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Practice stage
Present materials / information
Upon reaching the practice stage, I can now present the materials of the lesson. The
essential part of presenting materials is to emphasize on the relevant details of my lesson. My
learners need to interpret the details correctly because any misleading interpretation of the
materials will result in them not achieving the learning objective. I will also present my lesson
points in chunks; taking into account the types of learners I have and preferably, I would be
blending the points from previous lessons to aid my learners to recollect what we had learned
previously. Using an LCD, I would play a video of “A Day At The Beach” and somehow
physically show to the class the things people would bring to the beach; such as sunglasses, picnic
baskets, and sunblock lotion. As for the ‘bullying’ topic, I would include a selection of awareness
videos about ‘bullying’ and conduct Hot Seat sessions for learners to ask me questions about
Provide guidance for learning
In the practice stage, my learners will need guidance on how to achieve their learning
objective; the skills they have to know by the end of the lesson, and some learning strategies to
acquire the skills. Referring to Bloom’s Taxonomy, my materials should be sequenced from easy
to difficult. This arrangement would allow my learners to have ample time to practice and get
immediate feedback as they move on to the next learning stage. Usually, I would start by
demonstrating how to brainstorm ideas related to my lesson; a strategy of gathering information
based on a stimulus. For “A Day At The Beach”, my learners will practice constructing bubble
maps to list out words in association with the topic, and to help my weak learners, I would provide
a picture illustrating a scene at the beach. On the other hand, I would give a crossword puzzle on
bullying in handouts for my learners. Next, they have to relate the words to bullying through the
internet; I will be demonstrating and guiding my learners the skill to use the search engine online.
Production stage
Elicit performance, Provide feedback and Assess performance
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After my learners have utilized the learning strategies that I had taught them, they have to
present their performances. My learners will start to practice and perform their tasks until they
achieve their learning objectives. This stage can be done simultaneously with my learners
receiving assessment of performance on their initial performance. Corrective feedback is one of
the best ways to assess my learners’ performance. The corrective feedback, either written or verbal,
should guide my learners to improve their writing performance. Meaningful feedback will
encourage learners cognitively in their reviewing process (Hartshorne, McCollum &
Wolfersberger, 2010). If meaningful feedback allows my learners to make significant outcomes,
then my feedback should help students understand why and how something needs to be changed.
In my lesson on writing an essay, my learners will produce a few drafts of their essays in class and
I would be giving corrective feedbacks mostly focusing on descriptive sentences and organization
of ideas. If the task needs to be done at home, by using Google Document, I could leave my
comments and use the track changes feature to provide my feedback when my learners transfer
their drafts to online documents. I could do the same for my lesson on creating a poster, apart from
putting out poster exemplars as reference for my learners, I would also be providing verbal
feedback on their drafts during class or in our Whatsapp group when they share their posters’
progress. Generally, I would ask my learners to provide at least two drafts of their work or progress
for my corrective feedback. Essay writing and making posters do take time. It is not an unusual
scenario that learners have to complete their tasks on their own, however, it is important for
teachers to keep track of their progress. In order to keep learners motivated to complete their tasks,
teaches need to provide positive feedback as they progress positively toward the learning
objectives. Positive feedback needs to include positive statements and reasons for progress such
as “Good job, Lina! I love how you use adjectives and nouns to describe your day at the beach”,
or “Both of you are amazing, Jaswinder and Kamil! It’s already been 15 minutes but you have
found more than 5 words about bullying and some good pictures too”.
Enhance retention and transfer
To enhance retention and transfer, learners should be given opportunities to practice retrieving
the learned skills. In the next lessons to come, teachers should blend in some of these learned
skills so that learners will recall and practice the skills in different or almost similar transferable
situations. Enrichment exercises can aid to enhance retention while still offer problem-solving
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task to expand learners’ understanding. Remedial exercises, on the other hand, would help poor
learners to distinctly recall, transfer and practice their understanding in repetitive situations to
ensure total retention. I would provide my learners with another descriptive essay enrichment
exercise for my excellent writers and differentiated remedial exercise for my poor writers. As for
creating a non-linear text, I would focus on providing remedial exercise on information transfer
for my remedial learners.
In conclusion, the Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction can be adapted effectively in a
primary English as a Second Language classroom. Teachers may be comfortable using the usual
Present-Practice-Produce lesson plan; however, Gagne’s instructions offer a distinct explanation
of how an effective instruction should be. Therefore, it is important for teachers to integrate
Gagne’s instructions in their lesson plan to improve their learners’ learning experiences and their
teaching methods.
Evans, N. W., Hartshorn, K. J., McCollum, R. M., & Wolfersberger, M. (2010). Contextualizing
corrective feedback in second language writing pedagogy.