At our September faculty meeting, each CA BOCES Itinerant teacher received a copy of the book Explicit Direct Instruction: The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson by John Hollingsworth and Silvia Ybarra. Explicit Direct Instruction, or EDI, is a strategic collection of instructional practices combined together to design and deliver well-crafted lessons that explicitly teach content, especially grade level content, to all students. The Itinerants will begin their EDI journey by implementing the strategy ‘Checking for Understanding’ in their classrooms. Checking for understanding means you are continually verifying that students are learning while they are being taught. EDI uses the acronym TAPPLE to help remember all of the steps involved.
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You can learn more about the research behind EDI and tap into some of their resources by visiting the website: http://dataworks-ed.com/
By: Mary Morris, CA BOCES Student Programming