Gradual Release of Responsibility
Lesson Objective: Build and demonstrate understanding
All Grades / All Subjects / Scaffolding

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?
Great way to model for students how to take responsibility for the task assigned. Especially enjoyed seeing the students own their opinions in the classroom setting.
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I am interested in implementing these ideas of getting students to take responsibility in their own learning and working in groups. This presentation of Gradual Release of Responsibility is an excellent video about how to get started in getting student engaged and taking responsibility in their own learning.
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Modeling-Slow Down- Question and Talk!!!! They take ownership once shown how. Bravo!!!
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I love the way she made students take ownership of their work and ideas. Awesome
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Awesome! I liked her progression throughout the activity. Discussion is a way to test comprehension as well as help other student's understand. She gave them roles and tasks while releasing responsibility.
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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.

School Details

Alief Early College High School
2811 Hayes Road
Houston TX 77082
Population: 435

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Grades 9-12 / ELA / Tch DIY


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English Language Learners


English Language Arts