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The Gradual Release of Responsibility Method

Gradual Release of Responsibility is a great way to promote learning.


















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.


How to Establish a Positive Classroom Environment in Middle School

Fostering a favorable classroom environment and a positive relationship with my students is the most important task I assign myself every year. The recipe for a classroom culture that promotes learning requires only a dash of time and energy. It does require a hefty dose of mindfulness.
My first year teaching middle school was challenging. In my infinite new teacher wisdom, I decided that the best way to prevent another difficult year would be to start off by being tough and putting on my "meaner than a junk-yard dog" face.

Thankfully, I came to my senses. Because I know better. We ALL know better. Kids are not going to learn if they don't feel safe, if they don't feel respected, and if they don't like the teacher.

Fostering a favorable classroom environment and a positive relationship with my students is the most important task I assign myself every year. The recipe for a classroom culture that promotes learning requires only a dash of time and energy. It does require a hefty dose of mindfulness.

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Do you have "teacher dreams" every summer? Mine always involve a "new" classroom in the school's dungeon. I hope you're more creative, and your dream classroom is relocated to an island resort, where Curtis Stone is the personal chef in the faculty room.

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