DI ≠ di, and why that matters.

When is direct instruction not Direct Instruction? Can we use evidence from Direct Instruction as evidence for direct instruction? I think these are pertinent questions for advocates of 'traditional' teaching methods, direct instruction, explicit instruction and Engelmann's DI. In this post I'm going to make the argument that Engelmann's Direct Instruction has distinct and important … Continue reading DI ≠ di, and why that matters.

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Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part IV – The Application

Application This is the fourth and final part of a series in how I have tried to use an Engelmann inspired method of teaching in my classroom. After the review, input and test comes the application (thanks again to Mark Enser for distilling a lesson down into its constituent parts). At this point in the … Continue reading Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part IV – The Application

Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part III – The Inversion

This section will look at the two principles of Mark Enser’s lean teaching: application and testing. Simply, I would like to suggest how classroom Direct Instruction has brought about a neat and uncomplicated inversion between the two. I apologise to Mark if I have unfairly treated his categorisation of application and testing to be chronological, … Continue reading Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part III – The Inversion

Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part II – Input

This is the second post in a series about how I have tried to apply a scripted Direct Instruction inspired model of teaching in the classroom. My first post covered the ‘review’ section of the lesson. As I previously discussed, the review usually consists of eight to fourteen quiz questions which students do in the back … Continue reading Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part II – Input

Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part I – The Review

I was really interested to read this article on the essential simplicity of teaching by Mark Enser. Mark breaks a lesson down into four constituent parts: review, input, application and test. So far, I have found this to be a really complementary way of trying to teach using a Siegfried Engelmann inspired ‘Direct Instruction’ model … Continue reading Classroom ‘Direct Instruction’ Part I – The Review

What could a scripted ‘Direct Instruction’ lesson look like?

This post will share some planning that I have done attempting to apply the principles of Direct Instruction (emphasis on the capitalisation) to my teaching. In the last year I have started researching this method of instruction more deeply. It was listening to Kris Boulton’s appearance on Mr Barton’s Maths alongside watching him talk at … Continue reading What could a scripted ‘Direct Instruction’ lesson look like?