This is more food for thought than anything else. We have all become familiar with the approach “I, We, You.” That is, the teacher introduces a new concept and demonstrates how to do it—the I. Next, children work together on the objective using each other as scaffolds and supports—the We. This is followed by students independently practicing what was modeled and the teacher moving around the room to formatively assess who has secured the content and who is still struggling—the You. As Dan Willingham recently noted:
The teacher presents a problem which students try to solve on their own (“You”). Then they meet in small groups to compare and discuss the solutions they’ve devised (Y’all). Finally, the groups share their ideas as a whole class (“We”).
Those who have worked with the close reading exemplars and the Basal Alignment Project might see how “You, Y’all, We” would be a good match to this move.