tinker with text
Literacy-Based Maker Education
So, perhaps “learn-try-do” sounds a little like the Gradual Release Model (I do - we do - you do) to you. Maybe, but not really. With that model, we jump straight to the doing part. Is that okay? Of course! (I mean, seriously … how could I compare to such great educators as Fisher & Frey!) But what about the times that teachers have “winged it’ or teach things that we ourselves haven’t tried? For example, do you require your students to read every night at home? Have you tried doing that yourself? Or do we teach a lesson on writing poetry and then ask our students to engage in that without trying to write one ourselves? It’s not easy. I think if we did, we’d have more empathy and allow for more student choice.
Let’s start gradually releasing our ways of doing things at school in 2019!
Vicki Den Ouden is an Elementary Reading Intervention Teacher from BC, Canada. She loves to dream, learn, teach, and create.