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 In the elementary classroom of today,what would be some possible, practical applications of cognitive development from Vygotsky's point of view? In the elementary classroom of today,what would be...

 In the elementary classroom of today,what would be some possible, practical applications of cognitive development from Vygotsky's point of view?

In the elementary classroom of today,what would be some possible, practical applications of cognitive development from Vygotsky's point of view?

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One key principle of Vygotsky that is currently present in the classroom is the idea of "scaffolding."  Whether labeled as such or not, this was Vygotsky's term for building new learning by using what the child already knows.

In lesson planning, elementary and middle school grades often use the K-W-L chart, which first looks at what the students already know about a subject in order to introduce something new.  Even in a highschool classroom, an effective teacher plans to review, tap into prior knowledge, or utilize personal experience when introducing a new concept.

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I actually taught my students about ZPD and found it very helpful. The main reason I began using it was that we were using a computerized reading assessment program called Accelerated Reader, where students were assignment reading levels in the form of a ZPD. I taught students that if they chose a book within that range, they would learn how to read better. It was very effective and the kids loved knowing their ZPD.

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