The Power of Scaffolding

I’ve helped several teachers over the years develop interactive scaffolding questions to enhance classroom learning.  Scaffolding is a learning technique whereby a question, scenario, fact or other item is presented and a student supplies an answer.  If the answer is incorrect, the question is either posed in a different manner or chunked down into pieces to allow the student develop their an understanding of the materials.  If the learner grasps part of the concept but fails in another and provides the wrong answer again, the question can be presented in yet another way.

Scaffolding can be a great tool to help student’s learning cognition. You don’t need fancy tools to develop a scaffolding exercise, PowerPoint is a great tool to use for this.  I’ve created a short video to help you develop an understanding of how to create a scaffolding question using branching in PowerPoint.

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