Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Discuss Implementing Focused Instruction in the Classroom


Focused InstructionThe hows and whys of the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework are outlined in the second edition of renowned educators Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey’s book, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching. In this follow-up to their best-seller, Fisher and Frey provide tools for classroom implementation; advice on feedback, homework, and group work; and examples that align with the Common Core State Standards.

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of educators using the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework, this book is a must-have.

The below excerpt—from chapter two about focused instruction—dives specifically into the qualities and value of a good lecture.

If you’re hooked, you can read more excerpts online at, including chapter one’s overview of the four essential instructional phases. The book is currently available in print and e-book formats in the ASCD Online Store.  

Better Learning book excerpt


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