Direct Instruction (DI) is often used to help students who are struggling academically. DI can be used to accelerate the learning of higher performing students, too. The 16-minute DVD, Helping Kids Soar: Children Reaching Their Full Potential with Direct Instruction, portrays two schools in different parts of the country that have used DI successfully with all children, including high performing students: Emerson Elementary in Alliance, Nebraska and Fickett Elementary in Atlanta, Georgia.
Both schools follow a similar formula for achieving success:
- All teachers and instructional aides received initial training and ongoing support from the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI).
- Students are grouped homogeneously and placed at their skill level.
- Student performance data is reviewed weekly to determine the appropriateness of instruction for all students.
- Students are allowed to progress at a faster pace and cover advanced content as their performance indicates.
The DVD shows how a careful implementation of Direct Instruction with NIFDI support can help bring out the joy and wonder of reading as it prepares students for advanced content.