DI: WHY? Direct Instruction guidebook offers 6 pathways to mastery


Students today face many challenges.  In addition to rigorous standards, students are required to meet not only grade-level proficiency, but also state standards to become college- and workforce-ready. Educators, in turn, relentlessly search for ways to reach struggling students.

When considering a Direct Instruction solution, one might ask, “DI: WHY?” Here’s why: the Direct Instruction (DI) method is extensively tested and proven to transform students into confident learners who meet or surpass grade-level expectations in reading, language arts, and math. DI ensures mastery for every student and drives proof, performance, and progress.  As an introduction to DI methodology, “6 Steps to Mastery: The Guidebook” is carefully crafted and informed by the latest research to highlight the six steps to mastery.

  1. Step 1: Meet the Challenge
    Struggling students in special subgroups need extra support to attain full mastery of reading and math. For instance, among students who receive special education services, 35% have learning disabilities, and historically as these students approach high school, their test scores decline. A student may encounter challenges at any waypoint during the K-12 journey where progress toward higher performance can and must begin. Implementing Direct Instruction programs with fidelity can help your school meet and eliminate these challenges.
  2. Step 2: Plan to Succeed
    After identifying challenges and goals, the next step toward mastery is strategic planning of your DI implementation.  Collaboration among school and district leaders is imperative to accurately evaluate school needs and develop a plan for success.
  3. Step 3: Master the Method
    As a committed partner in professional learning, McGraw-Hill Education supports a     thorough curriculum program implementation. With an array of onsite and online trainings to choose from, programs can be taught with fidelity from day one. For ongoing development, an online Professional Learning Environment (PLE) is available anytime and from anywhere.
  4. Step 4: Teach the Method
    It is crucial to keep students motivated and engaged by presenting the program precisely as written, and providing frequent opportunities for student interaction. With mastery as the ultimate goal of Direct Instruction, teachers must ensure every student’s proficiency in one skill before moving on to a new concept.
  5. Step 5: See the Results
    Direct Instruction is helping hundreds of districts achieve and sustain measurable gains in literacy and math. Further, DI programs provide the added benefit of improving student behavior.
  6. Step 6: Celebrate the Wins
    Congratulations! The final step of DI mastery is to celebrate the wins. The true impact of Direct Instruction is widely represented by educators and administrators who are achieving and sustaining gains. They talk about becoming believers, feeling a sense of belonging, seeing progress in behavior, and ultimately experiencing success.

Six steps to mastery through Direct Instruction is a journey that educators and students experience together. Systematic implementation, with proper training and structured delivery, will ensure positive results. Explore the steps and celebrate the positive effects that DI brings.

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