The Best Practices Of Direct Instruction Essay

1310 Words Oct 26th, 2016 6 Pages
The “Best Practices in Direct Instruction” video showed how teachers can use direct instruction to teach students. This method consists of teaching the students as a whole directly. Next, teachers check for understanding by asking questions about the material by using a cue such as a noise or pointing finger to get the students to respond back and show that they understand. This step is important to ensure that all the children have understood the concept that has been taught. The teaching is mostly done in a whole group setting, with small amounts of direct assessment such as a “checkout” to see if children are progressing when reading (Stevens, 2011).

2. What did you like and not like about the instruction shown in the video? Why?

I liked that the teachers used individual “checkouts” to ensure children were individually learning. I think this is important when teaching to such a large group. One can easily not participate or not understand, but this makes sure everyone is learning effectively. However, I did not like that the children were separated into achievement groups to assign classrooms. All of the children in one classroom had similar achievement levels, which allows no motivation or peer-teaching to occur. I believe this is wrongly socializing children because in life there will always be a mixture and those who need help more than others. I believe this makes it easier for teachers, however it is unnecessary and probably keeps the lower achieving students at…

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