So you’ve figured out that there are gaps in your student’s content knowledge or skill base. What do you do now?
First, you’ll need to determine if it is a matter of content knowledge or a matter of skill and practice.
Knowledge is whether a student knows something, skill is the degree of proficiency at completing an activity.
Either way, you will need to scaffold carefully! I talked about scaffolding in my last newsletter, but here’s a quick refresher: scaffolding is the practice of teaching a skill through highly structured activities so that the student is not asked to do something beyond their ability.
Try these scaffolding ideas for content/knowledge roadblocks:
- write a list of unknowns and find the answers together
- create a table with characters for each row, and themes for each column, then find a page of quotes and assign them to the table
- mix and match theme words with their definitions
- create flashcards together for characters and themes
- have a pre-made timeline and fill in the plot events together
Try these scaffolding ideas for skills/practice roadblocks:
- use sentence stems to finish sentences
- give the student sentences to rewrite into their own words
- write the topic sentence for the student to continue
- mix and match topic sentences with evidence sentences
- highlight analytical verbs and apply them in the student’s sentence
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