Explicit Direct Instruction
What is Explicit Direct Instruction?
- A process that integrates smaller learning units into meaningful wholes, allows students to apply skills in meaningful ways, and provides students opportunities to self-monitor and direct their own learning & participation.
- It is used in diverse contexts and curricular areas.
- Teachers constantly monitoring student understanding to determine if they are deriving meaning from instruction.
- Holistic (i.e. decoding, comprehension, spelling, and writing during literacy instruction)
- Developmentally-appropriate task tailored specifically to students’ learning and attentional needs
Check for Understanding often throughout the entire lesson!
- During instruction, NOT after
- CFU every 2-3 minutes
- Students should answer in complete sentences with academic vocabulary
- White Board Checks - “Chin it”
- Pair-share – A & B Partners
- Thumbs up or down – close to chest so students can’t base their answer on others
- If two non-volunteers in a row can’t answer the question, go back & reteach!
T – Teach first
A – Ask a specific question
P – Pause, Pair/Share, Partner Swap
P – Pick a non-volunteer
L – Listen to the response
E – Echo, Elaborate, Explain