Introduction to Explicit Direct Instruction

A table of contents to a powerful and proven teaching method called Explicit Direct Instruction, or EDI.

IAT_CL1_PX00768Explicit Direct Instruction is a teaching method created by Data Works that uses proven scientific data to teach kids. It is a part of my dynamite lesson plan for teaching every day. This method has been used at my
school in teacher training with student achievement as a result.  Here is just one of a few examples of good edi lessons (Word format) you’ll find in this series.  Above is the table of contents to my posts describing the lesson plan steps in detail. Each step was created with the learning processes of kids in mind.  The goal of it was to foster student achievement in public school.  My hope is that this method will help you as it has helped me to create and teach dynamite lesson plans. You can access information on each step through the links above. I think you will find each component has a powerful place in student achievement.


Having been a public school teacher since 1997, I've gained valuable classroom experience. Sometimes a great tool is a dynamite lesson plan. These posts are from a real teaching journey. I hope they inspire you. Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Introduction to Explicit Direct Instruction”

  1. Mr. Riley,

    What do the researchers and teachers that work with EDI think about “mini-lessons”, and small group instruction? These are elements of Balanced Literacy. My district is highly encouraging the use of this method in all classrooms, and across the curriculum.



  2. A teacher that works with it (me) uses “pair-share” as a micro form of small groups. I also see the value in small group instruction in the Guided and Independent Practice stages of EDI. Finally, when the lesson has been taught and students are doing independent practice, I gather those who are not getting it to a back table and I reteach as a form of intervention. EDI is designed to be so explicit and direct that in theory, there will be 100% mastery of the concept. Of course, that isn’t always going to be the case but EDI does a great job of focusing the teacher and the learner. I haven’t heard of balanced Literacy. My hope is that is is a whole language approach. I miss that. Thanks for the question.

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