Scaffolding in Education Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Give your students a powerful lesson on scaffolding by helping them internalize the steps involved to scaffold for students successfully. The experience includes rich discussion and a group activity.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to scaffold for students
  • Identify the general process of scaffolding


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Audio/video equipment for lesson and quiz
  • Chart Paper
  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils
  • Markers


  • Start by asking students to write about strategies they remember teachers using to help students understand a new concept. This narrative can be a personal experience or something they have observed.
  • When students complete this short exercise, ask for volunteers to share strategies and write them on the board or a piece of chart paper.
  • Play the video lesson Scaffolding in Education: Definition, Theory & Examples, pausing at 0:39.
  • At this point, review the ideas listed based on the information delivered in the lesson. Pose the following questions:
    • What is scaffolding theory?
    • What does it mean to model for a student?
    • What type of interaction should teachers have with students?
    • What are the three modes of representation Jerome Bruner believed are necessary and what do you think they mean?
  • Return to the video and play the remainder. Discuss:
    • Give an example of a time you have witnessed scaffolding.
    • What is a real-world example of using Bruner's three modes of representation?

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