Digital Sandbox

This Blog is designed to provide the reader with information on how to adopt technology into the classroom by relooking at traditional classroom tools and transitioning into new ways of teaching and learning. The Digital Sandbox explores the future of learning through the recreation of 21st Century learning environments.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Scaffolding Techniques in the Flipped Classroom

The "Flipped Classroom" provides avenues for teachers to become facilitators of learning and move away from the sage on a stage approach to teaching. One of the greatest differences of the flipped classroom to traditional practices is how scaffolding techniques are use to support reasoning and the development of problem solving skills. In this first part of a two part article on scaffolding, author Mike King will explain the differences in meta-cognitive scaffolding and student support scaffolding in traditional classrooms.

Instructional content support plays an important role in designing and delivering developmental schemas within the flipped classroom. Through a technique known as scaffolding the flipped classroom teacher can provide the necessary strategies to ensure exactness of knowledge for content development. Scaffolding instruction within the flipped the facilitator of knowledge scaffolds or supports the learner’s development. The activities designed within the flipped classroom ( group work, questioning, or synchronous instruction) should provide the scaffolding of instruction that is set for the learner at the correct level of complexity and difficulty. The facilitator provides the scaffolds (learning structures needed) so that the learner can accomplish (with assistance) the tasks that he or she could otherwise not complete, thus helping the learner through the Zone of Proximal Development. 

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