The gradual release of responsibility model requires an instructional shift from the teacher shift from assuming “all the responsibility for performing a task…to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility” (Duke & Pearson, 2002, p. 211).”
To begin, lots of support . . . regardless of the age
With less support, confidence grows . . . regardless of the age
Until independence . . .
and new directions are explored . . . regardless of the age!