Instructional Scaffolding

Instructional scaffolding

The first thing that would come to your mind is what does scaffolding means? Instructional scaffolding refers to a method in which teachers offer a specific kind of support to students as they learn and develop a new skill or concept. In it, a teacher may share new information or demonstrate how to solve a problem. Instructional scaffolding means breaking up the learning into pieces and providing a tool, or structure, with each piece. There are several ways to provide Instructional scaffolding in a class like demonstrating, giving small lessons, breaking large tasks into smaller ones, slowing the speed, including visual aids in a lesson,  prior knowledge, describing concepts in multiple ways, and many more. Instructional scaffolding is very important in teaching because it helps students to become independent and self-regulating learners and problem solvers. It also facilitates students’ ability to build on prior knowledge and helps them to internalize new information. It can be used at any point of interaction between students and teachers. 

Do you know which are the three types of scaffolds? They are Suspended Scaffolds, Supported Scaffolds, and Aerial Lifts. 

In the scaffolding framework, the practitioner plays a supportive role in the child’s learning. The role is also to observe the students, recognize the stage of learning they are at and then provide support to help them to reach the next stage.

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