November 1, 2022
Workshop Model Teaching and Learning Series
- Week of October 31st: Direct Instruction Explanation and Examples
- Week of November 7th: Classroom Visits - Giving feedback and collecting exemplars
- Week of November 14th: Celebration of Direct Instruction across the district
✅ Workshop Model...What's Next?
Now that you have been spending 15 days exploring and implementing Do Nows there is no doubt you are feeling very confident!
- Next in the Workshop Model is the lesson's opening which includes a very important part of a lesson....Direct Instruction.
- Below you will find an explanation, video, diagram and resources to help you implement this portion of the Workshop Model with success!
🎯 Direct Instruction Explained
Direct Instruction (mini-lesson) follows the gradual release model, in which the teacher first demonstrates the teaching point, models the new learning (I do), then provides the students guided practice (we do). This instruction provides direction and support to students as needed to be able to work independently and successfully during work time.
🎬 Direct Instruction Example Elementary Thru High School
The teacher plans a deliberate progression in their lessons in which the responsibility for being able to do the work is gradually transferred from teacher to student, sometimes known as “I/We/You.”
Some people know it as direct instruction, guided practice, and independent practice.
- The “I” part of the lesson is when the teacher introduces information or models a process and walks students through examples.
- The “We” follows when the teacher asks students to complete examples with less and less assistance.
- In the “You” part, students have multiple opportunities to practice the work on their own.
🧰 Adding to Your Teaching Toolbox
Think Alouds are Good for All Grades
- Best-practice instruction requires that teachers provide Think Alouds. More than just telling students what to do, this is when the teacher shares his/her expert thinking to reveal when, where, how, and why you do it. Check out the video below for a great demonstration.
Below you will find a document with sentence starters for teacher think alouds.
Printable Think Aloud Sentence Stems:
📸 Photos of Do Nows in Action
Please share pictures of your class during a Do Now or Direct Instruction!
- We would love to feature them in the Instructional Minute.
- Email them to: email@example.com
- In addition to the photo, please be sure include your name, school and grade level.
⭐ Your lesson could be featured in the next Instructional Minute!
Click the link below, "Share Your Ideas", to submit interest in having your lesson recorded. We would love to feature your classroom as part of the Workshop Model Teaching and Learning Series.