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How to Scaffold

Learn to use appropriate scaffolding to support student learning in the classroom to promote their individual, academic growth.
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Instructor: Joel Medley
  Added 2/27/2023    English
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What's included  

  • 5 Sections
  • 2 Videos
  • 1 Podcast
  • 5 Printables
  • Multiple Reflections
  • 1 PD Clock Hour

Who's this course for?

Rooted in the scaffolding rubric, this course provides a clear depiction of a proficiency.
  • New Teachers
  • All Teachers
  • Future Teachers 
  • Instructional Leaders

What You'll Learn  

  • Learn Various Ways to Scaffold Student Learning 
  • Apply Alignment, Basis, and  Communication for proficient use of Scaffolding

Course Content


  • A willingness to learn and grow.
  • A computer or phone with access to the internet.
  • No paid software required - everything you need is in the Learning Module.

Course Description

This course provides a definition of Scaffolding, criteria analysis checklist, examples for classroom implementation, and multiple takeaway documents for immediate teacher use.  

How to Scaffold: FAQ

Does this course ONLY apply to veteran teachers?

  • No! Scaffolding is a necessary piece of every classroom by every teacher.  As such, this course will give you further insights on understanding and using scaffolds across the classroom.

Is this course mobile-friendly?

  • Yes! The intentional design for this pathway is for teachers to have choice in their learning, so you can learn with your phone, tablet, or computer.  Please note that some of the takeaway documents are detailed and would be better viewed on a computer screen.

What is the best way to take these courses?

  • We suggest that you avoid "binge watching" the PBL series. While lots of ground will be covered, you want the material to translate into practice. Our recommendation is to move through them one course each week so that you have time to read and reflect. If you desire a faster completion, we suggest no more than 1 course every other day. That way, you learn and then apply before moving on to the next.  

Are other "How to" courses on a map for future design?

  • Yes!  Currently, two more are in the scripting and design process - How to Reflect in the Classroom and How to Use Peer Feedback.  If you have other ideas for a course, then simply send us an email:  stridepdcenter@k12.com
Meet the instructor

Joel Medley

Joel Medley is the Director of Talent Development and Community at Stride, where he uses his experience to coach educators through leadership development. Having taught history across many levels of education, he brings knowledge of leadership in various school settings, from traditional brick-and-mortar institutions to online classrooms.
Meet the designer

Matthew Hoppe

Matthew Hoppe is an Instructional Designer at Stride. He continually draws upon his experience as a teacher, media producer, and director of arts to support various schools and nonprofits. His passion is to use what he has learned to support others as they pursue living their best lives.

How to Scaffold

Learn to use appropriate scaffolding to support student learning in the classroom to promote their individual, academic growth.
   Released 03/1/2023    English    Instructor: Joel Medley

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