Siegfried “Zig” Engelmann was considered a maverick in the field of education, a complimentary title that sums up everything he believed about educating children: that every child’s mind is malleable, magnificent, and ready to learn, and that it is the responsibility of adults to teach children, not label them.
This belief ensured his success teaching children with a variety of needs, including deaf, preschool-aged, language-delayed, children with autism and dyslexia, and gifted children. Also known as a mentor, innovator, inspiration, and influencer, Zig developed systematic instruction programs that have been used by tens of thousands to teach millions of students around the world.
Zig’s passion for better teaching of all children led him to develop Direct Instruction (DI), a highly prescriptive model of reading instruction to teach children through methodically sequenced lessons offering practice and repetition. DI lessons are designed around small learning increments and clearly defined teaching tasks, and DI has been shown to consistently outperform other methods in all subjects.
Zig, a former professor at the University of Oregon, died in February, 2019.
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