Overview

If we wanted to sum up the most important messages in this module in one paragraph, we might write something like this:

Instruction is a support to learning that helps students move from their current level of knowledge or skill to the next higher level. Students differ in terms of the supports or scaffolds that work best for them at each opportunity to learn. To help students acquire meaningful new knowledge or skills, effective instruction matches relevant scaffolds to students’ needs and preferences. Many different activities, models, and explanations work as scaffolds. Effective classroom instruction requires educators to provide a number of different scaffolds with the potential to help different students learn. This approach to instruction fits with the principles of Universal Design for Learning. It also helps students to become aware of their own learning processes and to control their own learning to the greatest extent possible.

If we wanted to sum up the most important messages in one sentence, that sentence might be:

Instruction uses different scaffolds with different students to help them learn whatever knowledge or skills are next in a learning sequence that is meaningful to them.

If we wanted to sum it up in one word, we might just say:

Scaffolding.

If we wanted to create a concept map of the most important messages, it might look like this:

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