Recently I shared one of my approaches to guided practice/modelling, using the I, We. You backwards fading approach.

This example was from a Y11 lesson covering the 8 Mark Source Utility question in the early stages of student practice, when are ‘novices’

The sheet involves:

  • Using a worked example (which I ‘live’ wrote under the visualiser and magically it was on their sheet) and we annotate, discuss and highlight
  • Joint construction, student and teacher led collaboration to write a further paragraph
  • Completion of example, students complete a partially written example
  • Independent, students complete their own answer using the worked examples to support

Attached ppt.


This work is a continuation from my Chartered College, Chartered Teacher Programme research project, where I looked at the use of Sweller’s Worked Example effect, Cognitive Load Theory and the use I, We, You as an instructional model.

There’s a lot of evidence behind using worked examples, reducing cognitive load and the like, and I’ve spent a few years providing worked examples, silent modelling and completion examples but my first experience into I, We, You came through reading a blog series by English teacher Tom Needham ( – this is a seriously awesome series and encouraged me to trial in history.

Tom’s model combines so much goodness it’s clear to see why I love it.

It also sits so well with Rosenshine’s principles, and huge thanks to Tom Sherrington for his book on it’s practical application. I’ve just let a copy to our new trainee, getting them informed from early.

This was my first effort, based on a 12 mark question and since it has evolved into the example above!

I’ve already begun to roll this out across a number of lesson (enquiry in history) rather than individual lessons, and have trialled it in my first workbook – which I’ll blog about soon!

A summary of my research project in poster form is below, if you want the PDF do let me know. If you’ve not joined the Chartered College why not? Also if you want an excellent CPD course which hugely improves you as a evidence informed teacher, please do look at signing up