Monday, March 3, 2014

Scaffolding Reflection

Throughout the past 7 weeks we have been looking at scaffolding and how to best meet your learners needs. We have learned that good scaffolding begins with your design considerations, whether it be learning outcomes, future ready outcomes, learning styles, ability and readiness, culture (background and needs), what resources you have available, voice and choice or brain based. With these design considerations in mind we shifted the learning to choosing the best scaffolding experiences for learners. Each week we spotlighted a different scaffolding experience, from menus, ports, stations, workshops and digital learning environments.  

Several CISD educators have participated in the implementation challenge for Module 3. Check out some of their reflections on using scaffolding activities in their classroom.

Are you wanting to see some examples of scaffolding activities? We have added new examples from those who took part in our implementation challenge. Visit our website full of examples.

In the comments section, use the sentence stem below to reflect on your understanding of scaffolding.

  • I used to think….  now I know…

We are coming to a close in learning all about scaffolding, but module 4 is about to roll out and there are some GREAT things planned.  Next week module 4 begins and it is all about responsive teaching.  Stay tuned for our weekly blogposts, twitter chats, webinar, implementation challenge and face-to-face sessions.


  1. I used to think scaffolding meant re-teaching lessons to kids that didn't show mastery, now I know it's actually referring to my mini-lessons, both whole class, and my PBL workshops by job/interest.

    1. Great reflection, Lisa! Scaffolding is so much broader than what I originally thought too. Now I look at it as an umbrella that covers all the great strategies and instructional activities that I put in place for my learners to be successful.

  2. Thank you CISD iTeam and Educators for sharing your reflections. Scaffolding is such an important part of the design process. It is critical that we design our daily experiences thinking about our considerations, what structures we want to use and then what tools in our toolbox are a best match. Thank you educators for continually working on your craft. You are true professionals!