Be careful what you wish for is the appropriate cliche for today. At the start of this school year, I wrote about the lack of a reading curriculum for the reading support class they have me teaching. Today, I was told what that curriculum will be: Corrective Reading.
It isn't that I believe the Direct Instruction model does not have value, and it isn't that I don't believe my students need an intervention type program. I am just not convinced that the Direct Instruction model is appropriate for the high school intervention. Based singularly on my observation of the material and the script, I am having difficult imagining it will work for my students.
Also, it doesn't fit my personality. I have had great success with students using the Read 180 model because the program still allows for my strengths as a teacher to come out. The reality that often gets ignored is that today's high school students need engaging presentation. It will be interesting to watch the student, who today upon returning from the bathroom kicked and pushed her planner across the floor until sitting down, try to sit still and follow my hand and word prompts.
So, as I have in the past, I will ask the edusphere for words of advice. I do not want to hear from DI researchers giving me data about its success--that has been documented, at least at the elementary school level. I am interested in how to approach the "sell" to students who will not be interested in the presentation.