The History of DI
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The History of DI
Siegfried Engelmann Teaching His 4 Year Old Twin Sons
The History of DI (with CC)
Preschool Students Demonstrate Exceptional Math Skills (CC)
Annual National DI Conference Opening Keynotes
42nd Annual National DI Conference Opening Keynote (2016)
Preschool Students Demonstrate Exceptional Math Skills - Video Guide
Direct Instruction got its start at the University of Illinois when Siegfried "Zig" Engelmann -- creator of Direct Instruction and Senior Author of the DI programs -- debuted DI, teaching at-risk preschoolers at the Institute for Research on Exceptional Children. Students in the preschool learned remarkable skills, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, basic algebra, fractions, and how to solve area problems. These students, some who attended the preschool for two years and others who only attended for one year, are shown demonstrating their skills.
The National Institute for Direct Instruction has developed a guide for the video that is free to download. The guide is designed to help viewers identify (and leaders to facilitate conversations on) key aspects of DI presented in the video, including: the children's knowledge of specific mathematics concepts, rules, and processes; the students' ability to solve a wide range of mathematical problems; the self-confidence and independence demonstrated by the students; and, the children's ability to focus their attention for long periods of time. pdf Download the accompanying video guide here.
Find Zig Online!
Zig developed his own site where you will find videos, papers, stories about his life, images of his watercolor paintings, and much more!