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Workshop Overview. AgendaPeer Mentoring ActivityReview of the Gradual Release Model based on the book Better Learning

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1. The Gradual Release Model of Instruction

2. Workshop Overview Agenda Peer Mentoring Activity Review of the Gradual Release Model based on the book Better Learning…by D. Fisher and N. Frey The Four Phases of Gradual Release Action Planning

4. A Leadership Model for Improving Adolescent Literacy The rest of this morning will be about this bulls eye and how it connects to support literacy across the content areas. The rest of this morning will be about this bulls eye and how it connects to support literacy across the content areas.

5. The Literacy Engagement and Instruction Cycle I want to point out the way this works…When you talk about the 4 E’s. For how many of you was feedback are part of this. Can you see how this can work in the opposite direction. We have to get this cycle going in the right direction. I want to point out the way this works…When you talk about the 4 E’s. For how many of you was feedback are part of this. Can you see how this can work in the opposite direction. We have to get this cycle going in the right direction.

8. Overview of the Gradual Release Framework

10. Focus Lesson Purpose To introduce a concept, skill, or strategy To demonstrate, model, and/or share teacher thinking

12. Focus Lesson Strategies Modeling Direct Explanation Demonstration Think Alouds Write Alouds Shared Reading

13. Focus Lesson Think-Pair-Share How often do you or teachers in your school use focus lessons to begin learning sequences? _____ Every lesson / learning sequence _____ Every now and then _____ Infrequently _____ Never

14. Guided Instruction Purpose To provide strategic and targeted instruction to small groups through the use of scaffolding

15. Guided Instruction Key Features Cognitive load begins to shift Small group instruction Takes place during collaborative learning Teacher follows students’ leads through the use of cues, prompts, questions, and scaffolding

16. Guided Instruction Strategies Guided Reading Guided Writing Student Think Alouds Misconception Analyses

17. Guided Instruction Think-Pair-Share How often do you or teachers in your school implement guided instruction during class? _____ Every lesson / learning sequence _____ Every now and then _____ Infrequently _____ Never

18. Collaborative Learning Purpose For students to apply learning with peer support

19. Collaborative Learning Key Features Positive interdependence Face-to-face interactions Individual and group accountability Interpersonal and small-group skills Group processing

20. Collaborative Learning Strategies Reciprocal Teaching Listening / Viewing Station Visual Displays Literature Circles Book Clubs Labs & Simulations Jigsaws

21. Collaborative Learning Think-Pair-Share How often do you or teachers in your school foster collaborative learning opportunities? _____ Every lesson / learning sequence _____ Every now and then _____ Infrequently _____ Never

22. Independent Learning Purpose For students to apply learning independently so that they become increasingly autonomous in their learning

23. Independent Learning Key Features Meaningful Experiential Relevant

24. Independent Learning Strategies Independent Learning Centers Independent Reading Writing to Prompts Conferring

25. Independent Learning Think-Pair-Share How often do you or teachers in your school offer authentic independent experiences that allow students to apply their learning? _____ Every lesson / learning sequence _____ Every now and then _____ Infrequently _____ Never

26. Formative Assessment Key Points Formative assessment must occur during each phase Students and groups must be held accountable for learning Student writing Teacher notes Running records / inventories Checklists Most strategies serve as formative assessments

28. Group Activities Activity #1 – Reading and Discussing Activity #2 – Classroom Observation Activity #3 – Strategy Exploration Activity #4 – Guided Instruction – Round Table Discussion

29. Independent Learning Task Please read the section entitled “Questions to Ask” on pages 129–133 in Better Learning. After reading, please respond to the following prompt: Consider the guiding questions you have just read about. What implications do they have on encouraging all teachers in your school to learn about and implement the gradual release framework? What needs to be done to increase the use of the gradual release model in all disciplines?

31. Next Steps

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