I hate semantics. Honestly, I hate arguing about definitions so I really don't want to get into an argument about Direct Instruction. I understand why it is important but I really want to focus on why Direct Instruction should be at the top of your teaching strategies list when relief teaching.
But let me briefly give MY definition of Direct Instruction so I can explain why I think this should be a big part of your teaching strategies list if it is not already.
Let me explain. Siegfried Engelmann and others are reported to have developed this system in 1960 at the University of Oregon. He developed a DISTAR (Direct Instruction System for Teaching Arithmetic and Reading) model and McGraw Hill took it up and developed resources. I would like to point out the teaching model where a teacher teaches and a student learns has been around since Adam played full back for Jerusalem.
The difference today is that kids are no longer belted if they don't learn.
You see, in the olden days ( remember I started school in 1959) teachers knew whether you learnt or didn't learn because they belted you if you didn't.
People who criticise direct instruction say that it as a betrayal of the humanistic, egalitarian foundations of public education. Direct Instruction has also been criticised for being inflexible. Libertarian critics see the approach as too authoritarian.
I hope I can show you that none of these criticisms are true.
Direct Instruction is a teaching strategy that
Direct Instruction has the following key elements
2. This One
3. Coming Soon - Teaching Strategies List - Using Direct Instruction in your Relief Teaching gigs
Just some of my Direct Instruction lessons for relief teachers include
Stay tuned for more in the Teaching Strategies List series.