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Direct Instruction: How to Train Officers About New Software


 Training officers how to use the new software in your department can be overwhelming. 


Changing what we already know works?! Are you crazy?

One way to ensure a smooth implementation is teaching your officers properly. 

Direct Instruction is the most standard way of teaching. 

It is simple yet effective and can be great for teaching new police software.


Direct Instruction consists of 3 phases that can be broken down into the following:

  1. I Do
  2. We Do
  3. You Do

The First Phase

The “I Do” is a teacher directly modeling for students the task that needs to be learned. A teacher will most likely employ “think alouds” where you explain your train of thought as you models how to solve or navigate a certain problem or task.


The Second Phase

The “We Do” is when peers have an opportunity to practice the newly learned task together in pairs or groups.

An important aspect of this stage is that the collaborating pairs have easy access to request teacher assistance as they attempt their first try at this new task.

You will circulate to ensure each pair is on the right track and provide feedback as necessary.


The Third and Final Phase

The “You Do” is also known as independent practice.

This is when students do not have access to other students for help.

They are discouraged to ask a teacher for assistance; however, to avoid frustration, you can provide guided questions to help students that may not be ready for independent practice.

Independent practice can occur in the actual physical classroom or it can happen away from the classroom in the form of homework.

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Adult learners are understandably different than traditional school-aged children. They are intrinsically motivated to learn new tasks and are inherently independent thinkers.

After research into Adult Learning psychology and teaching styles, we understood that training police would require a mixture of these two phases- the We Do and the You Do.

When you purchase PlanIt Police Scheduling Software, you will receive free training that is modeled off of Direct Instruction. The training team will do everything they can to make you and your department successful with the system.



Need a better way to train and quiz your officers? Handle it all online with PlanIt Scheduling software. Read more here or schedule a live demonstration with our experts to see if PlanIt can help your department schedule and train more efficiently.

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PlanIt Police scheduling software is extremely powerful yet easy-to-use. It is meant to simplify scheduling and enhance communication for law enforcement agencies. PlanIt was developed by Ragnasoft, Inc who have specialized in public safety scheduling solutions for over 10 years.

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PlanIt Police is an online scheduling system for police departments. PlanIt is developed by Ragnasoft, Inc which has specialized in public safety scheduling solutions for over 10 years.

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PO BOX 4903
Lancaster, PA 17604
Phone: 1-866-471-2001
Fax: 1-717-925-3908
Email: sales@planitschedule.com