Assume that this lesson, the Quadratic Formula, was like building the Eiffel Tower. You cannot expect your class to reach that goal in one step. This is especially true is your population is below grade level. You must start your lesson from where students are at, and then break down the lesson into the foundational skills, and “Baby steps,” that they can digest, working their way “up.” In this example, the quadratic formula has been broken down in a way that is less intimidating, demystified, and leads to mastery of each step.
“If Scaffolding is properly administered
it will act as an enabler”
- Benson, 1997