What were students able to achieve as a result of specially designed instructional practices?
What practices or systems made this possible?
Students become more focused, productive and independent in their learning when consistent processes and cues are taught, practiced and used consistently in classrooms.
What instructional practice had such a positive impact on students?
Teachers in the SDI training learned about Strategy Instruction, where the teacher explicitly teaches students self-directed strategies to engage in a step-by-step process to complete a learning task. The teachers here explicitly taught students the steps for a variety of learning tasks, including a rehearsal strategy to enhance recall, a proof-reading strategy to edit and revise written work, an annotation strategy to enhance reading comprehension, a highlighting strategy to identify critical details solving a problem, and text analysis strategies to synthesize and analyze critical information in text.
Students with a variety of learning challenges can learn self-directed step-by-step strategies to successfully overcome those challenges when teachers use explicit Strategy Instruction.