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Gradual Release of Responsibility

Lesson Objective: Build and demonstrate understanding
All Grades / All Subjects / Scaffolding
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Thought starters

  1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers?
  2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility?
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding?

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  • Private message to Heather Sparks

1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as Teachers? - The teacher is putting the responsibility on the students shoulders to show how it should be done. 
 

2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility? - The teacher knows the end result when planning. By modeling to the students, teachers can show them how to get to their goal(s). In time, the teacher can allow more responsibility to the student as they've learned through the teachers modeling. 
 

3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding? - You can always review prior knowledge so that you can build into the new concepts given. 

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  • Private message to Rebekah Burns

1. When Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers, she is putting the responsibility of learning on them. 

2. When planning, the teacher knows what the end goal for the student is. Teachers are able to walk their students through the steps to get to the end goal by modeling. Over time, the teacher can give this responsibility to the student as they have learned through her modeling. 

3. A lot can be learned from Ms. Baines about scaffolding. One thing I learned is that scaffolding can be used to go back and review what was learned to build on the new concepts. 

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  • Private message to Gretta Brinson
  1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers? She forces them to take responsibility and teach the lesson.
  2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility? When you build your lesson plan you decide what is your end goal for your students. You then work slowly backward to include steps to ensure the students reach the end goal, slowly breaking down each section of the lesson to the beginning. In this instance the goal is responsibility. When teaching the lesson Ms. Baines checks in throughout the learning process helping less and less, encouraging more and more and gradually forcing the students to take ownership to teach the lesson.
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding? How to build lessons to teach for success by gradual implementation.
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  • Private message to Heather Sparks

1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers?

They must now be the ones teaching. It is up to them to take responsibility and apply the material to real life.  Its a true test to show how much the students have learned by submerging themselves academically instead of being mere bystanders.  This truly requires much effort and dedication on the students part.

2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility?

In time when the teacher models the specific skill, then the students will likewise follow suit in sharing in that responsibility by working independently enough to eventually prove skillfully on their own.

3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding?

You can see that through each process Ms. Baines provided support by listening and understanding how the students thought.  She also aided in their learning abilities by building a foundation of those students' knowledge and experiences as they develop their new skills along the way.

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THOUGHT STARTERS:

  1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           They are given the opportunity to show ownership of the roles they will be playing; they need to apply and show leadership and review the material they are supposed to act out and perform in front of the class by applying leadership skills and knowledge to be successful.

2.  How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility?

With the end goal in mind, the students know that they are responsible for reaching the end goal and how they reach that end goal comes with taking the necessary and small steps to get there.  When a teacher knows what his/her end goal/s are, they can utilize/prepare the information that will be used in their lesson plans which in turn will produce an effective lesson for the class.  Once the students know what the end goal will be, it is their responsiblity to apply and Objective, work towards the goals to reach an end result.  Goals help students understand what the teacher's expectations are of them and the relevancy of their work.

3.  What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding?

Patience.  Hand holding but only to a certain extent and then you let go.  Allowing the students to begin understanding what they have learned once the hand holding has ended and have them apply what they have learned to begin utilizing it on their own.  Cognitive thinking and being an effective model to your students will show them that you are applying effective teaching techniques from which they can take away from and model themselves when they work through their assignments.  I have seen teachers in the classroom who provide good modeing techniques in their classes, show support to a certain degree (hand holding), release the hand holding, and allow the students to begin showing responsibility for their own learning and end results.  

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Transcripts

  • Gradual Release of Responsibility Transcript

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    Card: Strategies: Gradual Release of Responsibility.
    Monica Baines: I need

    Gradual Release of Responsibility Transcript

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    Card: Strategies: Gradual Release of Responsibility.
    Monica Baines: I need the most responsible person at your table to take out one sheet of paper. The most responsible person at your table.
    Monica Baines: The gradual release of responsibility. We've studied Shakespeare now for almost six week and so it takes some time.

    Lower Third: Monica Baines
    9th Grade English
    Alief Early College High School, Houston, Texas
    Monica Baines: You have got to be able to prove your stance. You've got to be able to prove yourself.
    Monica Baines: I did a lot of hand holding, a lot of modeling, a lot of "Let's slow down."

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    Monica Baines: Y'all have a lot, a lot of substance here. Slow down, slow down.
    Monica Baines: Let's question, let's classroom talk, let's walk our way through this.
    Monica Baines: So you've proven your fear. What about your pain?
    Student: He is later on in the party, whenever they meet.
    Student: And they figure out that they're both from different families.
    Student: Yeah, they have a connection, but then they found out that they're from different families and they're not sure of this, because both families--

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    Student: At least, they can do it secretly, but not--
    Student: But that's the bad part. They have to keep it secret.
    Monica Baines: Okay.
    Monica Baines: To ensure that we understand who Shakespeare is, what Shakespeare has done, what we're about to get into with this whole "Romeo and Juliet" thing.
    Monica Baines: Act 3. My Act 3 presenters, you guys ready?
    Monica Baines: Gradually, I start putting the responsibility of the learning on them.
    Monica Baines: The purpose of this group, they are going to talk to you some more about how tragedy does in fact exist through their understanding and comprehension of Act 3.

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    Monica Baines: Now I want you to show me about tragedy. I want you now to show me, to stand up and to give me a full 25 minute presentation.
    Student: This is how the plot progresses.
    Student: In the first scene, we see that Mercutio was killed by Tybalt and out of vengeance, Romeo kills Tybalt.
    Monica Baines: It's a college writing skill. They've got to be able to take ownership of their own learning. They've got to be able to take a complex and a rigorous piece of something academic and filter their way through it. So what better way than to start them at Alief Early College, learning that?
    Student: Thank you.
    Students:

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