A Direct Instruction implementation is a systemic change in the way teachers instruct students. Teachers need to learn a new set of teaching behaviors that involve presenting from a script, pacing a lesson appropriately, correcting students, teaching students to mastery, reinforcing students, and accelerating students. Professional development and support is a vital component of a successful Direct Instruction implementation. The coach/building coordinator is key to effective staff development. Coaches share responsibility for students being successful by assisting the teacher to achieve a classroom environment where all students are learning.
The National Institute for Direct Instruction’s Coaching Series provides a well-developed coaching model that achieves the following goals:
- Focuses on the student
- Trains teachers to achieve student mastery
- Monitors student mastery
- Makes the rate and quality of mastery visible
- Provides schedules and procedures to enable all qualified teachers to achieve mastery
Celebrates student academic achievement
Level B expands the skills learned in Level A and develops the coaching skills needed to observe in classrooms and interact with teachers. Training sessions include classroom observations and possible demonstrations of effective teaching. Additionally, the manual provides information and structure for coaches to provide inservice sessions based on needs observed in the classroom.
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