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Scaffolding Instruction Scaffolding Instruction
A scaffold is a temporary support teachers provide Multilingual Learners (MLs), so MLs can perform a task they are learning to perform independently. The ultimate goal of scaffolding is for MLs to be able to complete a similar task independently without the scaffold.
Scaffolds can help make rigorous grade-level curriculum accessible for MLs. Selecting the appropriate scaffolds is key to supporting MLs in being able to successfully engage with and complete the academic task. These instructional scaffolds can be grouped into three categories: materials, practices, and groupings.
In order to select appropriate scaffolds, you must know your MLs’ backgrounds, their strengths and needs, and understand the linguistic demands of the instructional tasks. SupportEd provides various solutions and practical tools to help build your understanding of scaffolds and how to use them to support your MLs’ content and language development. For a more detailed understanding of scaffolding for MLs, check out chapter 3 of of Unlocking English Learners’ Potential.
Suggested Scaffolds at Each Proficiency Level Guidelines for Selecting the Right Scaffolds for Your ELs
Three Main Categories of Scaffolds for Your ELs
A Checklist for Incorporating Scaffolds into Instruction
May 2019 Webinar Findings and SupportEd’s Tips in Response to Educators’ Questions
6 Steps to Consider When Supporting ELs in Accessing Complex Texts
Unlocking English Learners’ Potential Unlocking English Learners’ Potential
Self-Paced Learning Self-Paced Learning
Unlocking English Learners’ Potential
Online Book Study
Scaffolding Content Instruction for ELs
Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs
5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for English Learners 5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lessons for English Learners
Do you often struggle with how to include English Learners (ELs) in meaningful ways in your instruction? Would you like to add some new tools to your toolbox to better support your ELs? This edWebinar provides a practical five-step framework and multiple strategies that you can use immediately to scaffold lessons for ELs so that they can engage with challenging grade-level content. You will leave the recorded presentation with:
- Knowledge of how scaffolded instruction supports ELs’ language development and acquisition of complex content
- A five-step framework to guide you in designing scaffolded content lessons to support ELs
- Practical, implementable strategies for scaffolding content instruction for ELs of varying proficiency levels.
Presenters: Diane Staehr Fenner, and Heather Anderson, 2016 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Hosted by Tatum Moser
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Scaffolding Instruction for English Learners
A Q&A with Diane Staehr Fenner by Education.com
5 Practical Steps to Scaffold Lesson for English Learners
Webinar Recap by Lily Jones