Creating Adaptable, Independent Learners

The cycle of independence is the framework whereby teachers help students become independent agents of their own learning and literacy practice. It’s not a new concept really--many (Duke and Pearson, 2002; Graves and Fitzgerald, 2003; Fisher and Frey, 2013) refer to it as a gradual release of responsibility, but it is key to the long-term success of our students.

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Organizing Student Talk in Collaborative Literacy Work

College and Career Readiness standard one for Speaking and Listening reads: “Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades X-Y topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Sounds good. How do we do it?

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Scaffolded student collaboration using strategic groups

No wonder many teachers do little or no collaborative work at all. Facilitating collaborative groups effectively is hard. Even some of our very best students take a collaborative grouping as an invitation to talk, but not necessarily about what you want them to talk about.

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