Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Scaffolding Part Two

The definition of a scaffold is “a temporary wooden or metal framework for supporting workmen and materials during the erecting, repairing, or painting of a building, etc.” To adapt that for learning, scaffolding is a temporary verbal, visual, or physical framework for supporting students during the formation, development, and enhancement of learning. It’s really just a technical word for helping students learn, and I’m guessing you do it sometimes without realizing it.

It’s important to remember to provide scaffolding, which can be help by giving information, reminders, or encouragement only when a student needs it and in a way that helps.
That may sound like common sense, but I’ve seen teachers who give information that confuses students rather than making the material easier. I’ve also seen teachers who continue to give support when students don’t need it, which results in students who are more dependent on the teacher. Remember, success is developing students who can learn without you beside them.

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