A relevant view of learning related to processing input relates to the importance of teacher scaffolding. Builders use temporary scaffolds to support a building during construction, and then – once the building can stand alone – the scaffold is removed. Learners in the classroom can be helped with teacher scaffolding in the same way. Scaffolding in learning is a special kind of help that teachers can use to help learners move forward in their learning and understanding.
One sort of scaffolding is ‘contingent’, or immediate, on-the-spot scaffolding. An example of contingent scaffolding would be a teacher’s response to learners’ on-the-spot questions in a lesson, where a teacher realises the learners are struggling to understand. The teacher then uses a learning conversation to help learners understand.
In this clip, the teacher asks questions to help learners understand and to encourage to produce more spoken output. This clip was filmed at the Isendoorn College in Warnsveld. The learners are first year pupils (average age 12-13), the subject is PE and the teacher is Eric Willemsen.