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There are a number of different teaching methods that teachers can use in the classroom. The most popular teaching method used by teachers of elementary or grade school classes is the scaffolding teaching method. This method takes concepts that the teacher wishes to teach and allows the students to learn them in a step-by-step system.
Here’s a closer look at the scaffolding teaching method that teachers use in the classroom.
How Scaffolding Teaching Works
Scaffolding teaching works by having the teacher take a concept that he or she wishes to teach the class and breaks it down into sections. Each section is a little more advanced than the previous section and all sections combined create the concept the teacher was trying to teach.
Benefits of Scaffolding Teaching
Teachers love to use scaffolding because it comes with a number of benefits. The first benefit is that students are given a sense of independence because they figure one step out and then work on the next step. Another benefit is the teacher is able to assess students’ skills and build on them. This allows the teacher to teach at a quicker pace because they are not re-teaching concepts the students already know.
How to Make Scaffolding Successful
Scaffolding teaching can only be successful when the teacher does the correct preparation. You must first assess the students’ skills and basic understanding, and then create a lesson plan off of that. Without this preparation scaffolding teaching will be unsuccessful and students will not receive the benefits of this teaching method.