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Gradual Release of Responsibility


Students acquire knowledge through structured teaching that highlights learning together with other students. Sometimes called The Gradual Release of Responsibility Model/Optimal Learning Model, this instructional strategy is based on I do, we do, you do together, you do alone (modeling, feedback, peer support, and intentional practice). The emphasis of this strategy is on a clear and explicit focus and collaborative learning. The goal is to encourage the development of self-regulated learners.



Tenor High School teachers use choice boards to assess students’ mastery and have students review content. Teachers offer students four choices and require students to complete two of them. The goal of the experience is eventually to have students create their own way to show mastery of concepts. Providing students with choices honors some cultures’ values related to autonomy and allows students to select culturally congruent options.


Teachers working together on a problem while sitting at desks.