Scaffolding without stifling

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I have linked to an interesting article about scaffolding before, but here is a great counterpoint to it in the EFL Magazine. If the first writer suggested that scaffolding can be too limiting for students’ abilities, the second (Mariana Acosta) speaks about the importance of support we give our learners to help them ‘build a strong wall’ of knowledge. In her view, scaffolding is a metaphor for what we as teachers actually do in the classroom – just like a more poetic metaphor for building relationships.

It is by the shared and mutual trust of co-constructing knowledge in the teaching-learning process, that teachers can facilitate and learners can learn.
 It is when knowledge has built a solid wall, that scaffolds may fall.

What a beautiful way to put it, don’t you agree?

 

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