Ch 6: Scaffolding for Equitable, Deeper Learning

The great big myth that persists with any hands-on, project or inquiry-based approach? That teachers simply “turn students loose” on a project, and sit back and drink tea.

The truth couldn’t be more different.

Teaching becomes more personal, more centered on students’ needs, and interests. Less tea, more action.

What does this look like? It might look like small group or one-on-one direct instruction. It might look like blended learning. It might look like collaborative problem solving. But in all cases, it’s based on the underlying belief that all students can learn, at their own pace, in their own way.

Food for thought

There are lots of ways to scaffold students’ participation and self-direction. Consider these:

Now tell us

  • How do you scaffold student learning?

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Bring it down towards the home stretch, by connecting PLPs with proficiency-based learning.

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