Scaffolding and the Zone of Proximal Development

Scaffolding and the Zone of Proximal Development

‘Scaffolding’ is help that we give learners by breaking down the task into manageable chunks.

The term itself is a metaphor for support - just as scaffolding is put around a building that’s being constructed, we provide support to learners while they work on learning.

By providing support, then gradually handing over more and more of the task to the learner, they will move from dependency to independence.

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Do Students Learn What We Teach?

Do Students Learn What We Teach?

How do we know that what we teach is what our students are learning?

In his book, ‘Why Students Don’t Like School’, cognitive psychologist Daniel Willingham makes the point that what we think about is what we remember – so we have to do our best to ensure our learners actually think deeply about what we want them to learn.

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The Learning Styles Myth

The Learning Styles Myth

Six years ago, I was delivering learning styles training sessions to colleagues, until one day I found out that they don’t exist.

I felt like a complete moron.

I still see teachers, managers, schools and content writers promoting learning styles. I hope the info here will help you better understand them, what they are and why they’re not a valid educational theory.

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