Fourteen teachers participated in a 6-week book discussion of Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey. During the discussions, teachers talked about focused instruction, guided instruction, collaborative learning, and independent learning. At the end of each discussion, each teacher identified action steps, which they reported on at the next discussion.

Say Kim Essenburg, book discussion facilitator, “It was exciting to hear people talking about how they used what they had learned during book discussions to help students learn even more during class!”