Direct instruction is a crucial component of special education programs. Our students require direct instruction in order to learn, master and generalize skills. Here are some tips to help make your direct instruction time easier.
Data Storage System
The first page of the binder is my cheat sheet for how often I pull the students to work one on one with me during work centers. I also keep track of when I pull students at this time for testing, when I’m at meetings, students are out, etc. Here is a close up of one of our data sheets. You can download a free copy of the data sheet HERE.
Have a way to signal the end of the direct instruction center to limit distractions. If one center stops working and goes into reinforcement before another center, then they become a distraction to students who are still working. In my classroom, I use a bell to signal when all of our centers finish working. I keep it on the small table that I do direct instruction at. I also keep a pennies (for our behavior system), crayons, pencils, dry erase markers and glue sticks so I don’t have to get up from instruction.