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The Construction Zone: Building Scaffolds for Readers and Writers

Author: Terry Thompson

Availability: In Stock

Code: SHP6517

ISBN: 9781760016517

No of Pages: 202

Publish date: 06/11/2015


Instructional scaffolding is an essential part of teaching
literacy. But what is scaffolding exactly? What does it look like in a
classroom, and how can we improve the ways we use it? Despite its prominence in
the repertoire of teaching strategies, scaffolding remains a vague concept for
many teachers.

In essence, scaffolding is the support of students as they build
independence. In The Construction Zone, Terry Thompson identifies four critical
processes to deepen your understanding and improve your practice of
instructional scaffolding:

  • Finding
    and maintaining a specific focus.

  • Practising
    flexibility in planning and delivering instruction.

  • Giving
    constructive feedback in response to student efforts.

  • Monitoring
    to ensure that, in every moment, students are working at optimal levels of

Thompson encourages teachers to enhance their use of the
traditional gradual release process through five actionable steps: shows,
share, support, sustain and survey, and in doing so provides procedures and
techniques to help them establish and maintain strong scaffolds throughout the
instructional day. The Construction Zone is written from the teacher’s
perspective. Thompson urges educators to fully embrace their role in the
scaffolding process while staying mindful of the effect it has on students.