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Lucy Calkins Lesson Model

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According to Debbie Mille, her teaching is focused on independence and understanding of her students and for that reason, her lessons are created by following the parameters of the gradual release of responsibility instructional model. This instructional mode comprises five key elements: The first is Teacher modeling, here the teacher provides the students with instructions, establish the goals and purposes of the lesson, model strategies they will use and thinking aloud as a method to activate their thinking process. this is a perfect moment for the student to listen carefully take notes if needed, and for asking clarification questions. The second is Guided practice within the lesson, the teacher engages the students in focused and interactive discussions, supervise the student attempts and repeat modeling…show more content…
However, that is the only similitude in structure that I could find. Yet I did find several differences. For instance, Debbie miller’s lesson plans have less structure than Lucy Calkins’ plans; because Calkins lesson tends to follow a pre-established sequence of steps, while miller’s lessons have more flexibility in their steps sequences. Other difference between them, is that In Miller’s mini lessons give children more control over the classroom dynamic than in Lucy Calkins’ mini lessons. In other words, miller’s planning is more child-friendly, while Lucy Calkins’ planning is more teachers friendly due that they are the ones who pace the classroom dynamic. Another difference is that Miller’s mini-lessons have longer duration than Calkins’ lessons; while miller’s lessons take 15-20 minutes to be delivered, Calkins’ take 5-15 minutes. A final difference is that in Debbie Miller’s mini lessons are integrated into the workshops, while Calkins’ mini lessons are taught separately and then the learning is applied to the
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