"You Do, We Do, I Do, We Do, You Do"

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Wow, that's a mouthful! But really, this method of instruction challenges students while helping them expand their skills, knowledge, and confidence. We recommend this method of instruction to our mentors as a strategy to keep students engaged and get their wheels turning about new ideas and concepts within their studies.


Erika Carson, EdS.
Trilogy Mentors, CLO

In more traditional classroom settings you will see the instructor “talking at” students, giving students an example, maybe practice with students, and then send students on their way to complete an assignment. This is often referred to as the "I DO, WE DO, YOU DO," instructional method. In some cases there may not even be a "WE DO." Referring back to our previous discussion about differentiated instruction(specifically the mention of schemas) information doesn’t tend to “stick” as well when students aren’t making some kind of connection to what they are learning – developing their own questions and understandings about a concept or topic.

To give you some insight into a method that we encourage our mentors to use during sessions with their students, we've run through the various phases of the "YOU DO, WE DO, I DO, WE DO, YOU DO" method of instruction.

  1. "YOU DO" - The mentor presents a student with a challenge (not too far over their head) and lets them struggle with it for a little bit. This helps the student explore based on their own prior knowledge and experiences; setting the stage for what’s to come. It also gives the mentor some insight into how their student is thinking about the new information that is being presented to them.

  2. "WE DO" - The student and mentor discuss how they addressed and/or solved the challenge being presented to them.

  3. "I DO" - This is an opportunity for the mentor to present the accurate information or processes, as well as any reasoning, while addressing all misconceptions and presenting more examples.

  4. "WE DO" and "YOU DO," again - The mentor can assess how well a student is grasping new skills or knowledge. Each student is presented with challenges and information that is within their ability to master with a little bit of support – building confidence in their own abilities.

If you have any questions about our mentors or the instructional methods they use to deliver personalized, online instruction, please reach out to me anytime! I am always here to help.

Erika@trilogymentors.com