• The majority of programs used in my Resource setting utilize Direct Instruction techniques.  See below for more information on what Direct Instruction is and how it is beneficial to struggling learners.   

  • What is Direct Instruction?

    Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction eliminating misinterpretations can greatly improve and accelerate learning.

    Its creators, Siegfried Engelmann and Dr. Wesley Becker, and their colleagues believe, and have proved, that correctly applied DI can improve academic performance as well as certain affective behaviors. It is currently in use in thousands of schools across the nation as well as in Canada, the UK and Australia. 


    Direct Instruction operates on five key philosophical principles:

    All children can be taught.

     All children can improve academically and in terms of self image.

     All teachers can succeed if provided with adequate training and materials.

     Low performers and disadvantaged learners must be taught at a faster rate than typically occurs if they are to catch up to their higher-performing peers.

     All details of instruction must be controlled to minimize the chance of students' misinterpreting the information being taught and to maximize the reinforcing effect of instruction.


    Please contact me for information on specific programs that your child may be working in.



Last Modified on January 24, 2018