Multi-level classes and scaffolding
Submitted by Ellen Patron on April 12, 2018 - 3:27pm
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What do you do when you can offer scaffolding to lower-level learners in a multi-level class but are not sure which students actually need it? I have this challenge with an intermediate level class that is open to drop-ins who self-select which class to attend (beginner or intermediate are their choices). For example, I occasionally offer dictations as a listening activity with target vocabulary words in the passage. As a scaffold for the lowest intermediates, I provide the same passage as a worksheet with blanks to fill in the target vocabulary. I've even tried adding a word bank for greater scaffolding. The difficulty is determining who needs what scaffolding. For some regulars, I'm sure who needs scaffolding. For others, I just don't know what scaffolding to offer. Self-selection has not proven to be very effective. Students simply don't know what they need and neither do I. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to improve the determination of who needs scaffolding?