Children are learning not only from each other, but from everything in their environment including what they see, hear, and feel (physically and emotionally). The Social Interaction Theory goes along with the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Vygotsky describes this as “the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem-solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers” (Vygotsky, 1978, p. 86). This is a very important aspect of the learning environment. As educators it is imperative that we understand the ZPD and how to use it when we scaffold students’ learning. If we can provide just the right amount of assistance (not too much and not too little) students will be able to grasp learning and gain confidence.
As a parent, teacher, and former administrator I find myself striving to develop a love of learning in my children. One that will surpass their doubts of failure and transcend them beyond “I can’t” to an “I can do hard things” mentality.
Reflection for the Day:
Create a love of literature in your children. With this they will explore, create, and inquire knowledge as a way of life ultimately driving their desire to learn.
McLeod, S. A. (2012). Zone of proximal development. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/Zone-of-Proximal-Development.html