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Is the Gradual release method effective if the student does not understand the skill? Would it be wise if the lesson was totally teacher-directed until the students had some understanding of the skill?

Nov 7, 2016 2:47am

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    • Nov 14, 2016 12:27pm

      The gradual release of responsibility model is designed so that the teacher can begin with a Focus lesson on the new skill. The focus lesson can be the teacher modeling the new concept, providing a demonstration or think aloud, explaining the procedures step by step, or conducting a concept attainment whereby the teacher guides understanding. So if this is a new concept or difficult concept, begin with the focus lesson but then ask the students to practice together with guidance from you, with each other, and then alone. You can chunk the lesson into more manageable pieces in order for you to check student understanding. I would worry that if you only teach the skill and then ask students to do the work, then you're implementing the I Do You Do model. In order to fully understand a concept, students need all parts of the gradual release in order to comprehend new concepts fully.