Direct Interactive Instruction (DII): As Powerful as One-On-One Tutoring

Direct Interactive Instruction

Each of the four essential components has identifiable, explicit, observable characteristics that differentiate it from the other three and from traditional approaches to instruction. DII as a set of teacher planning and delivery techniques can be applied to all content areas and grade levels. Using Academic Learning Time as the centerpiece for DII and its four components transcend, expand and deepen familiar DII strategies.

Description

Four decades of teaching and learning research have proven that coherent unit/lesson design strategies, systematic instruction, pre-corrective and corrective routines, high levels of engagement, ongoing formative assessment, re-teaching, acceleration, and retesting routines – in combination – predictably and positively impact student achievement. Action Learning Systems has designed and developed a proven system for instructional design and delivery.

Called Direct Interactive Instruction, or DII, this is the single most efficient, effective, and research-based approach to closing the achievement gap. DII strategies guide teachers to disaggregate and sequence even the most difficult concepts at the highest levels of cognition and achieve a high success rate with all students. DII delivers a comprehensive schema for teachers, coaches, and principals to ensure every student is interacting with content from bell to bell.

Using Academic Learning Time as the centerpiece for DII and its components transcend, expand and deepen familiar DII strategies. Academic Learning Time includes all available time, time allocated to instruction, and the engagement rate of students during the allocated time. When allocated time is equal to available time, and students are highly engaged, the result is a higher success rate.

Direct Interactive Instruction involves consistent, persistent, and creative application of four components: (1) Standards and Measurable Objectives, (2) Lesson Structure and Sequence, (3) Student Engagement, Feedback, and Correctives, and (4) Proactive Classroom Management. Each of these essential components has identifiable, explicit, observable characteristics that differentiate it from the other three and from traditional approaches to instruction. DII as a set of teacher planning and delivery techniques can be applied to all content areas and grade levels.

Services

Participants will experience the Action Learning Systems Coaching Model to increase the understanding and implementation of Direct Interactive Instruction:

  • Professional development training in Direct Interactive Instruction (DII)
  • In-class demonstration lessons focused on DII
  • In-class co-plan and co-teach sessions focused on DII
  • In-class observation and feedback focused on DII
  • Data collection and analysis

Research

Cotton, K. (2000). The Schooling Practices That Matter Most. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, Virginia.

Cotton, K. (1999). Research You Can Use To Improve Results. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, Virginia.

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