Developing an “I Can…” Mentality:

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                                    


8 thoughts on “Developing an “I Can…” Mentality:

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  2. Great post! Scaffolding, as you said is crucial because as parents (or teachers or SLPs) we want to make sure to provide just the right amount of support for the child’s individual needs. Also, knowing when to reduce the amount of support is important as the goal is for the child to be able to generalize skills at an independent level and not rely or become accustomed to the support of others.

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  4. That is one thing that learning a musical instrument can help with. When they learn each new piece it is always challenging and frustrating. However, as they practice the piece they get a little better each time, until the piece is mastered. Showing them that with practice and determination they can accomplish their goals and overcome obstacles.

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