Creating Independent Learners
Creating Independent Learners by Debbie Diller
1. All children can learn to work independently of the teacher.
2. It is the teacher’s responsibility to create a setting in which children can work independently. (Anchor Charts)
3. To help children become independent, teachers must release responsibility and control to them over time.
Step 1: Look at Standards
•• On chart paper, record the Big 5 of Reading
(PA, Phonics, Fluency, Comprehension, Vocabulary)
• Add Writing
• Record standards under each category that are in a particular unit of study (6 weeks, unit, etc)
• Note specific expectations for each standard
• Choose 1 standard to plan for instruction
Step 2: Whole Group Instruction
•• How will you teach from introduction to independent?
• What is the academic language?
• Best practices for teaching skill
• What texts or other resources do you need?
Step 3: Small Group Instruction
•• What would this look like in a station?
• What materials do I need?
• Create sample of product.
• Create station. (Planning Form)
1. Does the station reflect the standard?
2. Does it allow for differentiation?
3. Is it student-centered and engaging?
1. Were my students able to complete station independently?
2. If not, what do I need to change or add?
3. Are the students transferring skills into their independent work?