What is Gradual Release?
The gradual release of responsibility model of instruction requires the teacher to shift from assuming all the responsibility for performing a task to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility.
There are four components in the Gradual Release of Responsibility model:
Most importantly, the gradual release of responsibility model is not linear. Students have the opportunity to move back and forth between each of the learning phases as they master skills, strategies, and standards. Teachers can incorporate the gradual release model over a day, a week, or a semester.
Implementing the gradual release of responsibility model requires time on the front end, however, as teachers, we have to plan for a diverse group of learners—students learning English, accelerated learners, and struggling learners. Our students do not have time to waste on skills and strategies they have already mastered. On the other hand, they cannot afford to miss any instruction necessary to their success as effective learners.
In this book, you’ll find tips and tools for classroom implementation, including checklists for planning and assessment; advice on feedback, homework, group work, differentiated instruction, and blended learning; answers to frequently asked questions; and examples that align to Common Core State Standards. No matter what grade level or subject you teach, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching is your essential guide to helping students expand their capacity for successful and long-lasting learning.
I challenge you to increase your pedagogical knowledge with the Gradual Release model. Reflect on your past and current teaching methods and think about how do you use the gradual release module in your classroom? In what areas do you feel you could grow in any of the four phases of learning? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting!