Kimberley from First in Maine is hosting a little book study of Catching Readers Before They Fall. Click on the above graphic to read her thoughts on chapter three. Mine are below.
Chapter Three: Vygotsky Takes a Seat in Our Classrooms
What I loved...
The work of Vygotsky and Zone of Proximal Development are nothing new to me, but I'm still challenged by them.
"Oftentimes in classrooms, students who are expected to complete tasks that are out of their reach will become very frustrated and confused. Similarly, students asked to constantly work within their ZAD using skills and strategies they have total control of become bored and take on little or no new learning."
How I connect this learning to my teaching...Teaching is quite a balancing act. Keeping kids from hanging out too much in the ZAD or in the Out of Reach area is a challenge. Both can be equally frustrating for kids and teacher alike. This means that I need to know where my kids are at. Knowing their frustrations as well as their strengths will help me provide the right types of support so they can find their way to the ZPD as much as possible. Using discernment in regards to their behavior is important too. Sometimes their actions are cries for help when what I'm expecting of them is too easy or too hard. Vygotsky gives us much to think about.
Thanks again Kimberley!