Hi Nicole, thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog. We’re glad you found it helpful. The guiding principles of Direct Instruction (DI) programs include every child can learn if we teach him/her carefully and all teachers can be successful when given effective programs and instructional delivery techniques. The goal of DI is to be more efficient and effective in accelerating student learning by carefully controlling the features of curriculum design and instructional delivery. There are three main components to the design and delivery of DI programs. These include: a) program design, b) organization of instruction, and c) teacher/student interactions (see Marchand-Martella, Slocum, & Martella, 2004 for further details). DI programs are appropriate for students with diverse learning needs, language backgrounds, and ages. While DI programs are highly effective for students with disabilities, they are used successfully with preschoolers to adults including gifted students, average learners, and those who struggle academically.

For further reading on Direct Instruction, please see:

Direct Instruction in Your Classroom: 3 Reasons to #TeachWhatWorks

6 Steps to Mastery: Results with Direct Instruction

How to Successfully Implement Direct Instruction

Direct Instruction Video Resources

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