Putting Scaffolding to Work in the General Classroom


Content Objectives:
>SWBAT analyze research-based
information regarding the elements
of scaffolding in the general classroom.

>SWBAT evaluate the elements of
scaffolding they use in their daily instruction.

Language Objective:
>Through writing/typing,
SWBAT evaluate the elements of
Scaffolding they use in their daily
instruction by way of composing
and posting a discussion post at
February’s ESL PD discussion tab.

1. Click on the appropriate level video link (either elementary or secondary) and the “General Scaffolding Article.”

2. As you view the video, begin thinking about how you use scaffolding in your daily instruction.

3. Then read and analyze the research-based information in the general scaffolding article entitled “Putting Scaffolding to Work: The Contribution of Scaffolding in Articulating ESL Education,” by Jenny Hammond and Pauline Gibbons. I have highlighted information for you on this article, so you may concentrate on pages 10 through 25 where the highlighting is present. As you analyze this information, compare and evaluate the scaffolding you utilize in your current instructional practices.

4. Visit our AtlanticESL wiki Scaffolding and Visual Aids pages for further information.

5. For this month’s discussion, share with your colleagues how you utilize scaffolding strategies in your daily instruction. Do you use many of the “designed-in” elements as described in the article? Do you use any of the “interactional” elements of scaffolding referred to in the article? What challenges have you encountered in scaffolding? What successes have you experienced in scaffolding? What are some of your favorite visual aids that you use to help you scaffold for your students?

Elementary Scaffolding Video link:

Secondary Scaffolding Video link:

General Scaffolding Article