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The number one determination of student success is the quality of the teacher. The quality of a teacher is measured by classroom instructional practice and lesson design. A standardized instructional method repeatedly applied will have a positive impact on student learning. Hence, the decision to move forward with the Explicit Direct Instruction™ method from DataWorks has proven to be the most effective instructional method for learning new material, most especially for struggling learners.
Instruction should be a dialog that’s interactive and engaging. We are not waiting for test results, but instead make academic corrections to ensure the success of the lesson and ultimately release the students to independent practices.
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Why Consider a Lesson Demonstration?
This is one of the most effective ways to build “automaticity” in teaching skills. By seeing first, then experiencing how the design and delivery of a lesson come together in a real classroom with students, educators know what works and know they can do it. It is also a terrific model of adult learning.
Who Provides The Lesson Demonstrations?
With administrators participating, help teachers know their site/district is committed to effective instruction.
What Do Participants Do During Lesson Demonstrations?
Teachers observe a DataWorks consultant teaching a pre-written, Ready-to-Teach® Common-Core EDI® lesson.
Teachers (and administrators, if possible) teach the same lesson to real students in the classroom. One teacher can do the lesson, or multiple teachers can teach parts of the lesson. The consultant provides constructive, interactive coaching as the lesson is delivered so teachers can immediately refine their strategies.
Why Are Lesson Demonstrations Important?
Research shows that staff development must be followed by demonstration, practice, and feedback (Joyce and Showers, 1987).
Following EDI training, DataWorks consultants teach EDI Lessons to students while teachers watch. Then, teachers teach the same lesson to different students.
A team-teaching approach is used where the lesson is divided among three teachers. Each teacher teaches for about 15 minutes.
A DataWorks consultant provides in-situational coaching via cueing while teachers teach. Typically, cueing reminds teachers to use pair shares, have students read with the teacher, and call on non-volunteers to answer questions.
This active follow-up is the key to successful implementation and is the fastest way for teachers to try, improve, and feel confident with new teaching skills.
Our EDI implementation is going really well. Lots of our staff were so impressed with your workshop and demonstrations in the school that they had renewed energy around EDI implementation. They really felt like they understood the whole process a lot better, and can now talk about where they are on the continuum of learning and implementing this approach to teaching. We are getting regular feedback from staff, students and parents about the difference it is making to student learning.
What Do Participants Learn From Lesson Demonstrations?
Effective Lesson Delivery: How to engage students in the lesson, how to check for understanding throughout the lesson, how to give effective feedback to students, and how to include reading in every lesson.
Foundations of EDI®: How to use higher-order questions, when to call on students and how, how to ‘work the page’ to present a lesson, how to use whiteboards effectively, and how to teach from examples not a script.
What Is The Lesson Demonstration Process?
The DataWorks consultant arrives and offers a pre-brief session, so everyone knows what to expect. The consultant teaches the lesson to a class of students while teachers watch, modeling effective strategies. Teachers then take turns teaching the same lesson to a different class, either one at a time or team-taught in parts, while receiving interactive coaching from the consultant.
The day ends with a debrief with participants, explaining what they saw and reinforcing the principles of effective instruction that can be used every day.
How Does This Help Educators?
This is one of the most effective ways to build “automaticity” in teaching skills. By seeing first– experiencing how the design and delivery of a lesson come together in a real classroom with students– and then immediately teaching students themselves, educators know what works and know they can do it.
When to Deploy This Training
If your school is evaluating, having training, or implementing Explicit Direct Instruction®, then a lesson demonstration could be the right fit for both the teachers and the administrators.
Lesson demonstrations are the perfect way to have educators learn and try Explicit Direct Instruction®.
Lesson Demonstrations are also the fastest way to bring a school’s staff to full implementation of Explicit Direct Instruction®.