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Challenge and Scaffolding Learning

Posted 01/11/2017 13:00:54 by mmortell

Pitch your lesson to the top – the ‘differentiate down’ with scaffolds and ‘only if I get stuck’ resources that learners can go to help them meet the challenge and your high expectations of them.  We all know the key principles when planning a lesson:

  • It's not just about the most able.
  • We should have high expectations of all students, all of the time.
  • Make it hard it's good for students to find tasks difficult.
  • Learning goals set the bar of expectation high
  • Be responsive and support all students to aspire to the bar and beyond
  • Encourage students to be resilient
  • Support deliberate practice and hard work
  • Encourage students to respond to feedback and critique to improve their work
  • Get them inspired by the excellent work of others
So where does scaffolding fit in and what does it mean?

Scaffolding occurs when the teachers model or demonstrate how to solve a problem, and then step back, offering support as needed.  This can be done verbally, procedurally or using lesson tools some of which are shown below.


Scaffolding methods


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