9 Scaffolding Steps For Deeper Understanding In Your Classroom Infographic
- Ask a question
What do you know about ants?
- Present a mystery for students to solve
How does an ant carry 50 times its body weight? Can you?
- Ask students to draw what they know
Can you draw how you think ants carry things? How do you carry things?
- Give students ample time to research the mystery
Can you find the answer and bring it back to class?
- Ask students to draw the mystery and the solution again
Can you draw that for me?
- Ask students to share with other students
Can you explain your drawing to each other?
- Ask students to pull all their ideas together into one drawing
Can you use all of your ideas together to solve the mystery?
- Teacher patiently asks ‘what if’ questions
What if I have an apple on my desk? How will the ant carry it? Do you carry it differently? Why?
- If students need more information, send them back to step 4, and start over until the objective or outcome is reached.
I highly encourage you to check: Scaffold like an ant - a simple scaffolding example by Mia MacMeekin
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