All of our students need scaffolds at one point or another, and I thought it would be useful if I brought together many of the posts that I’ve characterized as “scaffolding” into one place (as well as resources from others). Here’s a simple definition of scaffolding from Indiana University.

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Here they are (feel free to suggest more):

I’m actually going to start-off with an excellent post by Valentina Gonzalez titled Scaffolding for ELs.

6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use With Your Students is from Edutopia.

8 Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction is from Ms. Houser.

A Look Back: “Useful Writing Scaffold For A Classroom Wall”

Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class

Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students

Here Are Downloadable Scaffolded Instructions For Students To Create A “3/2/1” Poster

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt

‘Teachers Know A Lot About Scaffolding’ For Complex Texts is one of my posts over at Education Week Teacher. It’s Part Two in a series on…scaffolding for complex texts. Part One featured responses from three educators: Wendi Pillars, Amy Benjamin, and Christopher Lehman. Part Two includes three joint commentaries from Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher; Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan; and Aaron Brock and Jody Passanisi.

This is a short video on scaffolding from Beyond The Bubble, a history site about which I’ve previously posted. Though it talks about history, its scaffolding recommendations can be helpful in any subject:

Useful Student Self-Survey On Learning Strategies

Just-in-Time Support is a good piece in ASCD Educational Leadership on scaffolding strategies.

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

7 Ways to Scaffold Instruction for English Language Learners is from Teach Learn Grow.

Scaffolding for Success: Best Practices for Secondary ELLs is from TESOL.

This Resource Might Be A Huge Help For Applying Common Core To Teaching ELLs

Scaffolding CCSS Instruction for ELLs – New Resource Guides is from Colorin Colorado.

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students is from Edutopia.

How do I make my anchor charts ELL friendly?  is by Valentina Gonzalez.


10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 1 is a great post by Judie Haynes.

10 Scaffolds to Support EL Learning, Part 2 is by Judie Haynes.

Instructional Scaffolding to Improve Learning is from Northern Illinois University.

How scaffolding lessons can strengthen critical thinking development is from Education Dive.

Scaffolds for Learning: The Key to Guided Instruction is by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

Scaffolding in a VISIBLE LEARNING Classroom is from Corwin.

Differentiated Instruction and Scaffolding is from UEN.

High Impact Teaching Strategy: Structuring Lessons (go to page twelve)

6 Scaffolds to Support ELs in a Virtual Classroom is by Judie Haynes.

Catching Up At-Risk Students: How Do You Move Them Forward Quickly and Effectively? is from Learning-Focused.