Originally titled The Battle of City Springs, this fascinating case study profiles City Springs Elementary-a Baltimore school nearly closed by the State of Maryland until it implemented a rigorous teaching method known as Direct Instruction. Filmed over an entire year, the film documents the progress made by City Springs students as they struggle to build reading and math skills-and their teachers struggle to make D.I. more than a theoretical concept. Although the year is filled with constant setbacks and challenges, including wearisome discipline problems and a demoralizing case of vandalism, the video culminates in statewide exam results that heavily favor City Springs' new strategy.
Is Quality Education Possible? (4:15) -- Educational Structure and Strategy (2:26) -- Direct Instruction: Teacher Responsibility (4:51) -- Direct Instruction Classroom (2:39) -- Language Deficiencies (5:56) -- Standardized Tests (4:06) -- Student and Teacher Instruction (5:05) -- Behavior and Discipline (7:16) -- Christmas at City Springs (6:00) -- Classroom Chaos/Classroom Order (5:58) -- Difficulties in Restoring Order (5:16) -- Model D.I. Classroom (4:37) -- Discipline and Learning (4:52) -- Environment for Learning (4:30) -- Testing Day (4:19) -- Confidence and Pride (2:24) -- Success of Direct Instruction (7:31) -- What Is a Healthy School? (2:53)
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