Struggles with homework?
Think back to when your little one was learning to
walk-there was a whole big process that took place: holding his head up,
turning over, sitting up, crawling, cruising, standing for brief moments of
time, balancing, and then after lots of practice- the first step! As he took the many steps that followed,
knowledge of what to do and his confidence grew.
In education scaffolding is used to help learn large or new amounts of information. Scaffolding helps students build confidence while learning something, new just like baby steps. By breaking up learning into smaller chunks and then providing
support confidence and knowledge combine to help the student reach the next
step in the learning process.
At home, we can take it for granted that our children
already know the information in their homework. When there is a struggle with homework parents can also use scaffolding to help them out:
~ Break down
the work into smaller chunks
~ Ask your
child to do each of the chunks separately
~ Review and
connect each of the chunks
~Go back to
the original question and have them try it again
Share how you have used scaffolding to make homework easier.