Direct Instruction (DI) is often used to help students who are struggling academically. DI can be used to accelerate the learning of higher performing students, too. The 16-minute DVD, "Helping Kids Soar: Children Reaching Their Full Potential with Direct Instruction," portrays two schools in different parts of the country that have used DI successfully with all children, including high performing students: Emerson Elementary in Alliance, Nebraska and Fickett Elementary in Atlanta, Georgia.
Both schools follow a similar formula for achieving success:
All teachers and instructional aides received initial training and ongoing support from the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).
*Students are grouped homogeneously and placed at their skill level.
*Student performance data is reviewed weekly to determine the appropriateness of instruction for all students.
*Students are allowed to progress at a faster pace and cover advanced content as their performance indicates.
The DVD shows how a careful implementation of Direct Instruction with NIFDI support can help bring out the joy and wonder of reading as it prepares students for advanced content.
A transcript and video guide for this video can be found at: nifdi.org/resources/videos/nifdi-schools