Direct instruction is a tried and tested model that works! It is important for students to understand why they learning something or what they will get from the lesson. Explaining the goal of the lesson first makes sure that students will not be lost wondering about what the end result will be. Providing models and expectations for your students sets them up for success and should also cut down on students asking what they are supposed to do. Guiding students through the process gives them confidence in their learning so that they can become independent in the skill. However, alternative approaches to instruction should also be considered as direct instruction lacks engagement, creativity, and choice. This is just one teaching strategy that will not work for all of your students, but can be useful when used properly.
This video clearly outlines the How-Tos of direct instruction:
Step 1: Motivate students and build background knowledge
*remember to always use positive phrases when introducing new topics*
Step 2: Explain new skills they will learn
*explain purpose of the lesson* What will you be able to do at the end?
*break down the concept into steps* oral and visual for all students learning needs
Step 3: Model quality product
*Show students what you expect* Interactively involve them in modeling the concept.
Step 4: Provide guided practice
*Graphic organizer guides students* Release of responsibility: students become independent.