Series on EDI intro: Explicit Direct Instruction, or EDI, is a set of teaching strategies assembled by Data Works, a research company in California. I have been trained and certified as a trainer and have found it a great way to deliver effective lesson plans. It consists of steps which you will find in each post in the series here. I hope you benefit by the series. Please leave a comment, let’s have a dialog.
In the teaching method EDI, “Learning Objective” is the beginning of the lesson. It should be stated clearly and the kids should show evidence of understanding by repeating it back and then answering as random non-volunteers. I usually write this on the board and explain any new or difficult words. Then I say it and have the class repeat it. You are establishing the goal of the lesson. This helps the students mentally prepare for the lesson. Many times teachers do “forward questioning,” or, questioning without teaching. Forward questioning is a big no no. A clearly taught learning objective is the best weapon against it. Here are some teaching methods.
Even though EDI is the focus here, a learning objective is an excellent part of any lesson plan. You state what we will be doing and stay faithful to it through all stages of the lesson. It’s like a target guiding what you do and what you assess in the end. Now, onto the second step of my favorite method of teaching.