Siegfried Engelmann created this explicit and scripted form of instruction in the 1960's. Direct Instruction is evidenced based. Project Follow Through,the largest educational experiment ever conducted, evaluated nine major approaches to educating at-risk students. Only students taught with the Direct Instruction approach consistently outperformed control students on basic, cognitive, and effective measures.
Siegfried Engelmann and Dr. Wesley Becker, creators of DI, believe that all children can be taught; all children can improve academically; 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; and 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.
Step 1: Step 1: Opening
Step 2: Step 2: Introduction (I Do)
Step 3: Step 3: Guided Practice (We Do)
Step 4: Step 4: Part Firming (Little You Do)
Step 5: Step 5: Independent Work ( You Do)
Step 6: Step 6: Data Collection
After completing the lesson and looking at collected data, the teacher must decide whether or not the lesson needs to be taught again. The teacher will make this decision based on a predetermined rule, a data decision rule.