Time is the hottest commodity in the world of education.
Well, time and Flair pens.
We've all found ourselves complaining that our students don't understand or remember a certain topic or skill, even though we've spent hours/days/years/decades/centuries on it. I've found that there really isn't a more effective way to promote full mastery of a complex topic than to use the scaffolding provided by the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model.
The video below outlines the method and shows you how I use it for a nonfiction central idea lesson. If you click HERE you can download an extremely helpful and FREE gradual release planning template. I've also written about it a bit, for those of you who are like me and would rather read than view the video.