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Direct Instruction Mathematics

Description of the Strategy

Direction instruction (DI) mathematics is an approach to teaching mathematics that is characterized by its distinctive instructional delivery and efficient instructional design. The theory of direct instruction is that all students can learn if they are provided with welldesigned, systematic, and research-validated curricula and if teachers take responsibility for student learning.

Unique features of DI instructional delivery include explicit teacher-directed instruction, high levels of teacher-student interactions, and teaching students to mastery. Commercially published lessons using this approach include detailed scripts of what the teacher says and does and what students are to say and do. Example problems are carefully selected and sequenced. Initial instruction is highly teacher directed and explicit, with the teacher modeling skills and explaining steps of ...

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