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Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)

The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson
Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) is a proven, highly effective approach to helping all students achieve. Refined, extended, and field-tested EDI methods are provided in this updated resource.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506337517
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: September 29, 2017

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A proven approach to better teaching and learning.

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI), an approach based on the premise that all children can learn, helps teachers deliver well-designed, well-taught lessons that significantly improve achievement for all learners. Authors Hollingsworth and Ybarra have refined and extended their highly successful methods in this second edition of their bestselling book.

Written in an easy-to-read, entertaining style, this resource provides K-12 teachers with concrete strategies, detailed sample lessons, and scenarios that illustrate what EDI techniques look like in inclusive and diverse classrooms. With chapters covering the individual components of EDI, such as checking for understanding and activating prior knowledge, this updated edition refines the methods so that they are even more effective and easier to implement. Readers will find:

Strategies for continuous, systematized student engagement
Expanded corrective feedback strategies
Clear alignment to the latest content standards
A new, field-tested strategy for skill development and guided practice
Expanded information about differentiation and scaffolding

Combining educational theory, brain research, and data analysis, this is a fine-tuned, step-by-step guide to a highly effective teaching method.

"Before EDI, our school was a ship adrift at sea with everyone rowing in different directions. EDI has provided us with a framework for instruction and a common language that allowed us to all row in the same direction.
Benjamin Luis, Principal
Liberty Middle School, Lemoore, CA

“EDI makes students accountable. They see now that school is a place to work and learn and play, and they love it. Because even though it is hard, they are doing well.”
Trudy Cox, School Instructional Coach
St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, Carnarvon, Western Australia

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
  • 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



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John R. Hollingsworth

John Hollingsworth is president of DataWORKS Educational Research, a company originally created to use real data to improve student achievement. Although DataWORKS started by analyzing learning outcomes (test scores), it soon refocused towards analyzing learning inputs (classroom instructional practices). DataWORKS now focuses mainly on providing staff development to schools on classroom instruction. John is an active researcher and presenter and has published numerous articles in educational publications. He spends much of his time on the road training teachers.
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Silvia E. Ybarra

Dr. Silvia Ybarra, Ed.D., began her career in education as a physics and chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California.  Next, Silvia became principal of Wilson Middle School in Exeter, California, which under her leadership became a prestigious Distinguished School.  Silvia was then named assistant superintendent of Coalinga-Huron School District. Her focus progressed from helping one classroom to helping one school to helping an entire district.  Silvia is the head researcher at DataWORKS.  
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition: What’s New in EDI


About the Authors

Chapter 1. Students Say, “I Can Do It!”

The Day I Saw the Breakthrough in Classroom Instruction

Where Our Research Began: Student Achievement

Where Our Research Led: Classroom Instruction

Chapter 2. Are Some Approaches Better Than Others? What Is Effective Instruction?

Why Are Children Sent to School? Talent Discovery Versus Talent Development

The Teaching/Learning Dilemma: Speed Up or Slow Down

Criteria for an Instructional Approach

Two Philosophies About Education

High-Stakes Testing

What to Do?

EDI Is Not Lecturing

EDI Is Not Scripted

Research Supports Direct Instruction

When to Use Group Work

Chapter 3. Good Instruction Is Always Good Instruction: An Explicit Direct Instruction Overview

What Is Explicit Direct Instruction?

Explicit Direct Instruction Lesson Design

Explicit Direct Instruction Lesson Delivery

How to Use EDI in Your Classroom

Chapter 4. Creating Engaged Students: Use Engagement Norms!

Student Engagement Is Created When You Ask Your Students to Do Something

History of Student Engagement Norms

Student Engagement Norm 1: Pronounce With Me

Student Engagement Norm 2: Track With Me

Student Engagement Norm 3: Read With Me

Student Engagement Norm 4: Gesture With Me

Student Engagement Norm 5: Pair-Share

Student Engagement Norm 6: Attention Signal

Student Engagement Norm 7: Whiteboards

Student Engagement Norm 8: Use Complete Sentences (Public Voice, Academic Vocabulary)

Training Students in the Engagement Norms


Chapter 5. Is Everyone Learning? Checking for Understanding

What Is Checking for Understanding?

TAPPLE—Checking for Understanding the EDI Way!

Teach First

Ask a Specific Question


Pick a Non-Volunteer

Listen Carefully to the Response

Effective Feedback


Chapter 6. Everyone Learns: Corrective Feedback and Whiteboards

Listen Carefully to the Response

Effective Feedback

Whiteboards, the Best Way to CFU!


Chapter 7. Establishing What Is Going to Be Taught: Learning Objective

Part I: Well-Designed Learning Objectives

Part II: Writing Standards-Based Learning Objectives

Part III: The Learning Objective Must Be Presented to the Students


Chapter 8. Connecting to What Students Already Know: Activating Prior Knowledge

Part I: What Does It Mean to Activate Prior Knowledge?

Part II: How to Activate Prior Knowledge


Chapter 9. These Are the Big Ideas: Concept Development

Part I: Concept Development Design

Part II: Concept Development Delivery


Chapter 10. I’ll Work a Problem First: Rule of Two— Skill Development and Guided Practice

Skill Development (Teacher)

Guided Practice (Students)

How to Design Skill Development and Guided Practice

How to Teach Skill Development/Guided Practice


Chapter 11. This Is Important to Learn: Relevance


When Do You Teach Lesson Relevance?

How Do You Provide Lesson Relevance?

How to Design Lesson Relevance

How to Teach Lesson Relevance


Chapter 12. Making One Final Check: Closing the Lesson

Closing the Lesson

How to Provide Lesson Closure

When Closure Is Complete, Initiate Independent Practice

Chapter 13. Planning for Success: Differentiation and Scaffolding

Differentiating and Scaffolding to Increase Student Success

In-Class Interventions and Out-of-Class Interventions

Response to Intervention (RTI) and EDI


Chapter 14. Having Students Work by Themselves: Independent Practice and Periodic Review

Starting With the End in Mind: The Independent Practice Must Match the Lesson

Periodic Review


Chapter 15. Creating Well-Crafted Lessons: Putting It All Together

Creating EDI Lessons From a Textbook

Creating Your Own EDI Lessons

DataWORKS Enters the Classroom to Teach

Chapter 16. Looking at All the Components: Analyzing a Sample Lesson

Use educeri.com for EDI Lessons

EDI Lesson Layout


Resources: What the Research Says





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