EDI - Explicit Direct Instruction

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What is EDI?

Explicit Direct Instruction

Explicit Direct Instruction is a way to teach students that helps them learn more and faster and most importantly, remember what they are taught!

Based on research about brain function, Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) relies on "small steps" teaching and active participation by students. These lessons are highly structured, very energetic and staff, students and parents are all seeing fantastic results! This method can be used to teach across all subject areas however we are currently focusing on literacy and numeracy

Each lesson has a very clear learning objective that is written on the board at the start of the class so students know what they are actually working on. You will see the word WALT displayed on the whiteboards, windows and walls around the classrooms. This stands for We Are Learning To....

The backbone of this method of teaching is the continual checking for understanding and ensuring students have understood each step of a concept before moving on to the next stage. This method of instruction provides teachers with real-time opportunities to make crucial instructional decisions (such as re-teaching) during lesson delivery.

Every student in our school has a mini-whiteboard which is used to demonstrate understanding and comprehension of new words and/or concepts. This enables teachers to quickly scan for and identify and learning gaps. 

Rather than relying on students to put their hands up and ask questions, we use popsicle sticks with individual names that are drawn out of a bucket at random so anyone can be called on at any time to answer a question. Using the popsicle sticks also ensures that students are more focused during the lesson which increases learning.

Students each have a specific 'learning spot' that positions them in the best place for learning depending on their individual needs. Learning spots also reduce behavioral issues with students sitting closer and the teacher spending less time walking around the room.

We have seen exceptional improvements in learning since implementing this method of teaching at our school. There is an expectation that all of our classes teach a minimum of 4 lessons each week using this method with some classes far exceeding this!

What is EDI?

Does EDI help ALL students at our school with their learning including students with learning needs?

EDI is beneficial to all of our students because:

  • lessons are a lot more effective, efficient, high energy and dynamic
  • teachers check for understanding every 2-3 minutes
  • teachers design and deliver lessons that use repetition to explicitly teach content to all students
  • the use of whiteboards gives teachers immediate visual confirmation that all students understand the concepts
  • it is faster and easier to identify any students who have not understood concepts and alter teaching due to the continual checking
  • students can be positioned in learning spots depending on their individual learning needs
  • repetition ensures that there are multiple learning opportunities
  • the popsicle stick strategy ensures that any student can be called on to answer questions at any time, as the process does not rely on volunteers