Early College Express

Issue #1: August 2015

Common Instructional Framework (CIF) Strategy Focus: SCAFFOLDING

Scaffolding allows teachers to remove barriers to learning and aid learners in organizing and understanding new concepts. This strategy includes reviewing prior knowledge, creating connections to other disciplines, and building on students’ personal experiences. Source: Educate Texas, Jobs For the Future


Description: An anticipation guide is a strategy that is used before reading or before new content is introduced to activate students’ prior knowledge and to create interest.

Application: Use this process as an introduction to a reading assignment or a new lesson.

Process: Predetermine the big ideas of the lesson. From those ideas, write six to eight statements that elicit an “Agree” or “Disagree” response; include statements that students have a good chance of knowing by using prior knowledge and statements that will introduce the big ideas to them. Avoid statements meant to trick students and have at least one statement in which there are many possible answers. Make sure that the statements can be answered either by the reading or the discussion that follows. Once students individually have filled-out the guide, place the students in pairs so that they may compare and contrast their ideas. (Samples are available in the resource links.)

Source: http://www.waynecountyschools.org/cms/lib6/NC01000512/Centricity/Domain/2630/Itty%20Bitty%20Book%202nd%20Edition%20June%2025%202014%20V3.pdf

Resource Links: Sample and Blank Anticipation Guides

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Teaching Channel Links: Videos highlighting scaffolding

Research Article - Instructional Scaffolding to Improve Learning

Elma M. Pinon, PD Specialist

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