Workshop Model

September 18, 2019


CAL follows the Workshop Model Framework designed by Carmen Farina and Lucy Calkins.  The structure of Workshop Model promotes student engagement and targeted instruction. There are four main components to Workshop Model: Mini Lesson, Guided Practice, Independent Practice, and Debrief.  Gradual release of responsibility creates flexibility in scaffolding from student to student, lesson to lesson, and classroom to classroom.  


  • Mini Lesson

During the mini lesson, the teacher introduces the purpose of the lesson through “I can statements”.  All I can statements are linked to state standards, the Literacy Continuum, and the thematic unit. As the teacher models how the learning target looks, students listen for specific language spoken by the teacher.

  • Guided Practice

Guided practice follows the mini lesson.  Students are given the opportunity to try the new learning target with teacher support.  As the students practice this skill, the teacher listens and observes- scaffolding as needed. During this time, students may share out to the class or with a partner. 

  • Independent Practice

Independent practice allows students the opportunity to apply the new learning target. The teacher completes small group instruction or guided reading groups daily.  Students also have the opportunity to discuss literature that is appropriate for their reading level.

  • Debrief

Students have time to share successes and struggles with the learning target at the end of each class period.  It is a time to recap the day’s learning.