Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) : The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson

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The researchers and trainers at DataWORKS have a vision for all classrooms: All students successfully taught grade level work every day. Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) is the book that shows teachers exactly how to do that. EDI is based on educational theory, brain research, and data analysis of more than 2 million assignments from 48,000 teachers, 25,000 classroom observations, and surveys of more than half a million educational stakeholders. Presented in book form here for the first time, authors Hollingsworth and Ybarra give teachers and instructional planners a step-by-step implementation guide to EDI.
Written in an entertaining, teacher friendly, easy to read style with classroom examples, boxed features, and detailed sample lessons, the book covers checking for understanding, lesson objectives, activating prior knowledge, concept and skills development, guided practice, and much more. EDI is appropriate for ALL learners in inclusive and diverse classrooms. It has demonstrated very high success rates, and teachers who use EDI discover that it puts the fun back in teaching when it enables their students to say "I can do it."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 15.24mm | 690g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1506337511
  • 9781506337517
  • 17,928

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition: What's New in EDI
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Students Say, "I Can Do It!"
The Day I Saw the Breakthrough in Classroom Instruction
Where Our Research Began: Student Achievement
Where Our Research Led: Classroom Instruction
Chapter 2. Are Some Approaches Better Than Others? What Is Effective Instruction?
Why Are Children Sent to School? Talent Discovery Versus Talent Development
The Teaching/Learning Dilemma: Speed Up or Slow Down
Criteria for an Instructional Approach
Two Philosophies About Education
High-Stakes Testing
What to Do?
EDI Is Not Lecturing
EDI Is Not Scripted
Research Supports Direct Instruction
When to Use Group Work
Chapter 3. Good Instruction Is Always Good Instruction: An Explicit Direct Instruction Overview
What Is Explicit Direct Instruction?
Explicit Direct Instruction Lesson Design
Explicit Direct Instruction Lesson Delivery
How to Use EDI in Your Classroom
Chapter 4. Creating Engaged Students: Use Engagement Norms!
Student Engagement Is Created When You Ask Your Students to Do Something
History of Student Engagement Norms
Student Engagement Norm 1: Pronounce With Me
Student Engagement Norm 2: Track With Me
Student Engagement Norm 3: Read With Me
Student Engagement Norm 4: Gesture With Me
Student Engagement Norm 5: Pair-Share
Student Engagement Norm 6: Attention Signal
Student Engagement Norm 7: Whiteboards
Student Engagement Norm 8: Use Complete Sentences (Public Voice, Academic Vocabulary)
Training Students in the Engagement Norms
Chapter 5. Is Everyone Learning? Checking for Understanding
What Is Checking for Understanding?
TAPPLE-Checking for Understanding the EDI Way!
Teach First
Ask a Specific Question
Pick a Non-Volunteer
Listen Carefully to the Response
Effective Feedback
Chapter 6. Everyone Learns: Corrective Feedback and Whiteboards
Listen Carefully to the Response
Effective Feedback
Whiteboards, the Best Way to CFU!
Chapter 7. Establishing What Is Going to Be Taught: Learning Objective
Part I: Well-Designed Learning Objectives
Part II: Writing Standards-Based Learning Objectives
Part III: The Learning Objective Must Be Presented to the Students
Chapter 8. Connecting to What Students Already Know: Activating Prior Knowledge
Part I: What Does It Mean to Activate Prior Knowledge?
Part II: How to Activate Prior Knowledge
Chapter 9. These Are the Big Ideas: Concept Development
Part I: Concept Development Design
Part II: Concept Development Delivery
Chapter 10. I'll Work a Problem First: Rule of Two- Skill Development and Guided Practice
Skill Development (Teacher)
Guided Practice (Students)
How to Design Skill Development and Guided Practice
How to Teach Skill Development/Guided Practice
Chapter 11. This Is Important to Learn: Relevance
When Do You Teach Lesson Relevance?
How Do You Provide Lesson Relevance?
How to Design Lesson Relevance
How to Teach Lesson Relevance
Chapter 12. Making One Final Check: Closing the Lesson
Closing the Lesson
How to Provide Lesson Closure
When Closure Is Complete, Initiate Independent Practice
Chapter 13. Planning for Success: Differentiation and Scaffolding
Differentiating and Scaffolding to Increase Student Success
In-Class Interventions and Out-of-Class Interventions
Response to Intervention (RTI) and EDI
Chapter 14. Having Students Work by Themselves: Independent Practice and Periodic Review
Starting With the End in Mind: The Independent Practice Must Match the Lesson
Periodic Review
Chapter 15. Creating Well-Crafted Lessons: Putting It All Together
Creating EDI Lessons From a Textbook
Creating Your Own EDI Lessons
DataWORKS Enters the Classroom to Teach
Chapter 16. Looking at All the Components: Analyzing a Sample Lesson
Use educeri.com for EDI Lessons
EDI Lesson Layout
Resources: What the Research Says
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"What is the best way to teach students? The answer is Explicit Direct Instruction. I am a retired principal, director, and adjunct professor in California. I have been using the model of EDI published by DataWORKS for the past 10 years. I have taught it to teachers and future administrators. I have also used it in teaching my own adult students." -- Alice Rodriguez, Ed.D. "EDI and the DataWORKS model of school improvement made a dramatic impact on classroom instruction in the schools of South Carolina. The delivery of instruction using this program provided clarity and a focus in addressing state standards and the learning environment in classrooms." -- Danny Shaw, Past President "EDI is a difference maker for all students. High achievers are given the opportunity to explore the curriculum in depth and at the highest level. Challenged students are provided scaffolds and support so they can access what is being taught." -- Allan Waterman, Retired Principal "EDI totally transformed my teaching of both children and adults. It is research-based, easy to use, and rewarding for both the teacher and the students. Most importantly, it works!" -- Dr. Christopher J. Quinn, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Education "Students in an EDI classroom share the teaching responsibilities. They eagerly participate during Pair-Share and remind the teacher if s/he has forgotten "their time." It is a very non-threatening environment and students are prepared for success." -- Katey Hoehn, Retired K-8 Administrator "I would like all teachers in our district to be exposed to DataWORKS. Only then will there be systemic change for our students." -- Gloria Evosevich, Principal "One of our specialties is research on instruction and training. In both K-12 education and in higher education, we find that the features of the DataWORKS program fit all of the research that we think is the best evidence right now. You owe it to yourself and to your students to at least give it a try." -- Dr. Richard Clark, Director of the Center for Cognitive Technology "EDI training has helped our teachers develop lessons that are more rigorous and engaging for our English Language Learners." -- Fidelina Saso, Assistant Superintendent "EDI keeps students engaged throughout the lesson! It gives students the opportunity to speak and listen to each other during the lesson. Students discuss vocabulary and read aloud during EDI which gives them practice in Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing. Students do all the work during a lesson! Pair-Share is a great strategy to help English Learners with speaking and practicing the vocabulary!" -- Yvette Mezzanatto, 5th Grade Teacher "Thank you for giving us real strategies that I can take to my classroom and use right away!" -- Darla MacDonald, 2nd Grade Teacher "This was so practical, informative, and inspiring! I loved the modeling and being able to see how to do this kind of teaching. So much to love!" -- Brielyn Flones, 8th Grade ELD Teacher "Fast-paced, interactive, and highly useful! Thanks!" -- Tami Francis, Vice Principal "EDI makes students accountable. They see now that school is a place to work and learn and play, and they love it. Because even though it is hard, they are doing well." -- Trudy Cox, School Instructional Coach "Once teachers experienced EDI, they saw the value. Many teachers have told me they can't remember how they taught before." -- Dr. Wesley Severs, Principal "Gansevoort was one of the first schools in our district to get off the focus list. I attribute a lot of that to the EDI strategies." -- Kathy A. Bragan, Director of Support Services "Before EDI, our school was a ship adrift at sea with everyone rowing in different directions. EDI has provided us with a framework for instruction and a common language that allowed us to all row in the same direction. By doing so, we exited program improvement within the first two years of implementation, after having been in sanctions for the previous ten years. Additionally, using the framework and common language of EDI we were named a 2015 honor roll school by the Educational Results Partnership." -- Benjamin Luis, Principal "I flagged page after page. I had been a classroom teacher for ten years and was unaware of many of the EDI strategies. -- Peter Whitmore, Collaborative Coach
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About John R. Hollingsworth

John Hollingsworth is president of DataWORKS Educational Research, a company originally created to use real data to improve student achievement. Although DataWORKS started by analyzing learning outcomes (test scores), it soon refocused towards analyzing learning inputs (classroom instructional practices). DataWORKS now focuses mainly on providing staff development to schools on classroom instruction. John is an active researcher and presenter and has published numerous articles in educational publications. He spends much of his time on the road training teachers. Dr. Silvia Ybarra, Ed.D., began her career in education as a physics and chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California. Next, Silvia became principal of Wilson Middle School in Exeter, California, which under her leadership became a prestigious Distinguished School. Silvia was then named assistant superintendent of Coalinga-Huron School District. Her focus progressed from helping one classroom to helping one school to helping an entire district. Silvia is the head researcher at DataWORKS.
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