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Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)
The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson

First Edition

January 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin

"EDI changed how we teach! Designing and delivering EDI lessons and strategies helped teachers meet the needs of all learners. We are now a California Distinguished School and Title I award winner. Our students know they can succeed!"
—Susan Fitzgerald, Principal
Del Rey Elementary School, CA

A proven method for better teaching, better learning, and better test scores!

Explicit Direct Instruction® (EDI), an approach based on the premise that all children can learn, helps teachers deliver effective lessons that can significantly improve achievement for all learners, including English language learners and students with special needs.

In this teacher-friendly book, the authors combine educational theory, brain research, and data analysis to present a step-by-step guide for implementing the EDI method in diverse classrooms. Written in an entertaining, easy-to-read style, this resource provides elementary and secondary teachers with concrete strategies, detailed sample lessons, and scenarios that illustrate what EDI techniques look like in the classroom. Components of EDI include:

  • Checking for understanding
  • Setting lesson objectives
  • Activating prior knowledge
  • Developing students' skills by explaining, modeling, and demonstrating
  • Presenting content
  • Using guided practice

Ideal for all content areas and grade levels, Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) shows teachers how to use this highly effective approach to improve instruction and achievement for every student.

About the Authors
1. Students Say, "I Can Do It!"
2. What Is Effective Instruction?
3. Checking for Understanding
4. Setting a Learning Objective
5. Activating Prior Knowledge
6. Teaching by Explaining, Modeling, Demonstrating
7. Presenting Content
8. Using Guided Practice
9. Closing the Lesson
10. Moving to Independent Practice
11. Putting It All Together: Creating Lessons
Appendix: What the Research Says

"A huge contribution to the education industry. The authors bring the focus back to the delivery of lessons."

Cathy Burner, Educational Consultant

"A phenomenal book that should be in the hands of anyone who wants to be an effective teacher. It describes how to plan and present lessons in ways that ensure student mastery."

Barbara Forte, Educational Consultant

"EDI changed how we teach! Designing and delivering EDI lessons and strategies helped teachers meet the needs of all learners. We are now a California Distinguished School and Title I award winner. Our students know they can succeed!"

Susan Fitzgerald, Principal
Del Rey Elementary School, Del Rey, CA

"Our entire school site has been trained in Explicit Direct Instruction, and the implementation of strategies and techniques described in this book has led to significant increases in student achievement for all subgroup populations."

Karen Redfield, Principal
Westside Park School, Adelanto, CA

"Educators will discover proven techniques that can be implemented immediately. Teachers will be inspired as students experience success every day. These strategies work; the scores at my school prove it! Thank you Hollingsworth and Ybarra for explicitly describing real strategies that can make a difference in real classrooms!"

Don Davis, Principal
Waterford High School, CA
Key features
  • Step-by-step implementation of the highly successful Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) teaching method from DataWORKS
  • EDI is data-driven, field-tested, and supported by DataWORKS training events and workshops
  • An Appendix cites the supporting research
  • Written in an entertaining, teacher friendly, easy to read style with classroom examples and samples of complete lessons at the elementary and secondary level
  • Individual chapters cover checking for understanding, lesson objectives, activating prior knowledge, concept and skills development, guided practice, and much more
  • Appropriate for ALL learners in inclusive and diverse classrooms


Sample Materials & Chapters

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