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Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI)
The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson

First Edition


280 pages | Corwin
A proven method for better teaching, better learning, and better test scores!

This teacher-friendly book presents a step-by-step approach for implementing the Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) approach in diverse classrooms. Based on educational theory, brain research, and data analysis, EDI helps teachers deliver effective lessons that can significantly improve achievement all grade levels. The authors discuss characteristics of EDI, such as checking for understanding, lesson objectives, activating prior knowledge, concept and skills development, and guided practice, and provide:

Clearly defined lesson design components

Detailed sample lessons

Easy-to-follow lesson delivery strategies

Scenarios that illustrate what EDI techniques look like in the classroom

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Students Say, "I Can Do It!"
 
2. What Is Effective Instruction?
 
3. Checking for Understanding
 
4. Setting a Learning Objective
 
5. Activating Prior Knowledge
 
6. Teaching by Explaining, Modeling, Demonstrating
 
7. Presenting Content
 
8. Using Guided Practice
 
9. Closing the Lesson
 
10. Moving to Independent Practice
 
11. Putting It All Together: Creating Lessons
 
Appendix: What the Research Says
 
References
 
Index

"A huge contribution to the education industry. The authors bring the focus back to the delivery of lessons."

Cathy Burner, Educational Consultant

"A phenomenal book that should be in the hands of anyone who wants to be an effective teacher. It describes how to plan and present lessons in ways that ensure student mastery."

Barbara Forte, Educational Consultant

"EDI changed how we teach! Designing and delivering EDI lessons and strategies helped teachers meet the needs of all learners. We are now a California Distinguished School and Title I award winner. Our students know they can succeed!"

Susan Fitzgerald, Principal
Del Rey Elementary School, Del Rey, CA

"Our entire school site has been trained in Explicit Direct Instruction, and the implementation of strategies and techniques described in this book has led to significant increases in student achievement for all subgroup populations."

Karen Redfield, Principal
Westside Park School, Adelanto, CA

"Educators will discover proven techniques that can be implemented immediately. Teachers will be inspired as students experience success every day. These strategies work; the scores at my school prove it! Thank you Hollingsworth and Ybarra for explicitly describing real strategies that can make a difference in real classrooms!"

Don Davis, Principal
Waterford High School, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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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. More About Author

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.   More About Author

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