Gradual Release of Responsibility
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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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  1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers? Ms. Baines is giving her students a chance to show what they have learned. 
  2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility? Placing the final product at the beginning stages and working on the components to fulfill the lesson gives students a chance to play a role in their learning. The students will have the responsibility to pay attention and showing the teacher what they have learned.
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding? Ms. Baines was supportive and hands on with the students while elarning new skills. As the students grew confident with the new skills, she allowed the students to take control of their learning. 
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Backwards planning is a stepping stone a education maturity. You would want your students to succeed. 

Scoffalding. Working with students the let them fo on ther own with the knowledge and confidence.

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Ms. Baines students act as teachers is one of my favorite things to do. It gives the students responsibility and there classmates play close attenttion. It makes the students go deeper in there learning.

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

Students as teachers is always neat to see!  You can judge what the students know and other students will listen attentively.  Also, it allows students gain confidence and learn responsibility.  You have to know the material to teach it.

How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility?

You must visualize the final product and then work backwards to determine what best plans will help acheive the goal you are focusing on.  For Ms. Baines, she knew she wanted the students to "teach" other students.  To do that she had to break it into smaller pieces and guide the students to the level she was looking for.

What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding?

To look from the final goal and teach the students step by step.  You need to see what you are going toward and the process to get there.  Little steps that build upon one another is what scaffolding is.  Once the students grasp one concept, taking it to the next level, until they reach the goal.

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  1. What happens when Ms. Baines has her students act as teachers?
    • When the students act as teachers, they connect with the learning material on a deeper level. Their peers seem to pay close attention to their fellow classmate teaching, as well.
  2. How could backwards planning inform the gradual release of responsibility?
    • By beginning your mental planning at the end of an educational timeline, where you would like your students to end up by the end of the lesson, and planning backwards until you arrive at the beginning, you can focus on the most basic stepping stones of learning to successfully end up at the level of educational maturity you would like them to reach. By ending lessons with students teaching their peers, they gradually will accept more responsibility throughout the duration of the lesson.
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Baines about scaffolding?
    • Working more closely and supportively with the students at the beginning then gradually giving them more and more independence with the material allows students to thoroughly learn while not feeling like they are struggling or falling behind. This is extremely important throughout the educational process.
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  • 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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