Are you familiar with this teaching technique? Have you used it? I have and I absolutely love it!
It’s really simple and most of us are probably doing it already. It is a wonderful scaffolded approach to teaching any subject and I find that just by adding the thought to my lesson plans I make sure I follow through.
It’s very basic. If I’m teaching my students how to graph a set of data for example, I do it first. In other words I model the task and explain it as I do. Next, we do another example together. I work on the board and they work on their own little dry erase boards. Then they do! I know it sounds really simple but it can be easy to skip one of the steps especially when we are in a hurry to fit things into our day.
I take a quick moment to check my entire lesson plans for the day to make sure I have all three steps planned out. I will say that there is times when I skip the first step and have them try to solve a problem or brainstorm a solution on their own. I will, however, come right back to the beginning after we have made the connection that I was looking for.
This can also be applied more macro than micro (if that makes sense). Let me explain. You know I use centers for my literacy instruction. I do mini lessons with my class on different aspects of reading and writing and they practice in their centers. So I do is the whole group instruction (mini lesson), We do is done during guided reading in small groups and You do is their individual work in their daily centers.
I would love to know how you use this teaching strategy in your classroom!