If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I love to incorporate opportunities for student driven learning in my classroom and across my school. I promote and use strategies like Project Based Learning, SOLE and Genius Hour, and have led school change projects to introduce these strategies into classrooms across my school.
So it may come as a surprise that I also use Direct Instruction with my students. For many commentators, the two approaches are incompatible – apparently you can’t support constructivist approaches while also supporting DI.
But while the debate around these approaches becomes increasingly polarised, I have a school full of students with a range of needs for whom I’m responsible. I make my decisions based on what I believe will work for the students I have in my school right now.
As Dylan Wiliams said at ResearchEd in 2014 , ‘… in education, “What works?” is rarely the right question, because everything works somewhere, and nothing works everywhere, which is why in education, the right question is, “Under what conditions does this work?” ‘