My partner in crime here on The Edublogger, Sue Waters, and I have regular debates and conversations around a wide range of topics.
Recently, we were talking about best practices of professional development and writing support documents. We then moved on to a related discussion on best instructional strategies in the classroom when working with students.
One of us believes (and much research will show), that students will remember more and understand better when they struggle with concepts and new ideas. Learning experiences that provide students an opportunity to play with concepts and figure out on their own are best.
The other (with good reasoning and research to back it up too), believes that students that struggle will shut down. A better approach is to provide as much scaffolding as possible – activities that walk through information in a step-by-step manner.
No doubt that to some extent this will depend on the learner, content, environment, and more. But there is a general philosophy at play.
What Say You?
We think many of our readers will have great insight into helping us continue this debate.
Let’s turn this into a blogging discussion!
Here’s what we’d like to try and do:
- Write a post on your own blog about this topic. Share your thoughts, examples, research – or whatever you’d like
- Leave a comment below with a link to your post
- We’ll compile a list of all submissions at the end of the week on a post here on The Edublogger