How IXL supports the Gradual Release of Responsibility model

What’s the best way to introduce new concepts in the classroom? The “I do, we do, you do” model, also known as the Gradual Release of Responsibility model, is popular among educators—and with good reason! 

If you’re familiar with the GRR model, you know how valuable it is in encouraging students to be confident, independent learners. It involves three foundational steps: 

    1. I do: Teachers present concepts and model the process of applying those concepts. 
    2. We do: Teachers and students work through examples together. 
    3. You do: Students work independently to show their understanding. 

When implemented successfully, the GRR model is a wonderful way to ensure all students have the information they need to master new concepts. It can, however, be difficult to execute without the proper resources. 

With features that support independent study and whole-class instruction, IXL has the tools you need to support your lessons at every step of the GRR process. See which features you can use to enable effective instruction for any class size! 

Step #1: I do

In the first step of the GRR model, the teacher presents concepts and models the problem-solving process. There’s no need for students to apply their knowledge just yet. Instead, they use this time to take notes and gather the necessary information they’ll need to later apply those concepts independently. 

IXL has several tools that support this instructional stage, including: 

  • Project an IXL skill: Since IXL skill practice looks the same between teacher and student accounts, it can be helpful to present your screen while modeling an IXL question. Have students include the three digit skill ID in their notes so they can access the skill later. 
  • Learn with an Example: Available at the top of every skill practice page, this sample question includes a detailed walkthrough and important tips that students can include in their notes. 
  • Jump a Level: The “Jump a Level” button on every skill practice page allows you to access questions at various levels of difficulty, providing the opportunity to model a wide range of questions. 

Step #2: We do 

In the second step of the GRR model, students are now ready to work through examples with instructional support. This step is crucial—shared instruction is key to building students’ confidence, and allows the teacher to check for understanding and provide reinforcement. 

But if you’re teaching a full class of students, how can you ensure every student has a solid grasp of each concept? IXL’s Group Jam is a fun way to get comprehensive, real-time insights. Start by choosing an IXL skill. Then, invite students to participate. Students will have the opportunity to answer the same question in real-time, while you see how students answered the question and whether or not they understand the concept. 

Here’s how you can use Group Jam to benefit shared instruction: 

  • Change difficulty level: You can choose the difficulty level of each question to provide additional challenge or continue building students’ confidence at an easier level. 
  • Answer explanation: Present the answer explanation included on the review page, or have students reinforce their understanding by explaining the process to the class.  
  • Small group time: Based on their answers, easily determine which students are ready to move on to independent study and which students need additional support and reteaching. 

Step #3: You do

In the final step of the GRR model, it’s time for students to work through questions independently. It’s natural for students to meet roadblocks at this stage. Without the right tools, you may not realize students are struggling until after class has ended. To ensure they’re getting the most out of their independent practice, it’s helpful to keep a close eye and provide support when needed. 

IXL’s Live Classroom allows you to monitor your students’ work on IXL in real time. Each student active on IXL appears on a tile with valuable data, including what skill they’re working on, how many questions they’ve answered, and their SmartScore. You’ll even know when struggling students have reached a trouble spot (3 or more questions incorrect) and when idle students need redirection. 

IXL’s instructional tools can also help students self-remediate during independent study. The following are resources they can access at any time: 

  • Video Tutorials: Led by expert Wyzant tutors, these bite-sized videos break down concepts and walk through sample problems when students need a quick review. 
  • IXL Lessons: Each lesson introduces a concept, provides a high-level review of key vocabulary, and walks through example problems.
  • Answer explanations: These step-by-step explanations show students exactly where they went wrong and help them solidify their knowledge. 

Using IXL to support your instructional models

From focused instruction to independent study, IXL is perfectly formatted to fit the GRR model and promote your class to independent learners. The best part of IXL, though, is that each instructional tool is built to be flexible and compatible with a multitude of teaching strategies! 

Whether you’re committed to the GRR framework or implementing a variety of models, we recommend exploring everything IXL has to offer. Check out the full list of IXL resources in the Learning Hub