Scaffolding the student toward understanding

Challenge
Scaffolding the student toward understanding

Scenario:
My student was asked to describe “sensory images of a butterfly” for creative writing. I had trouble explaining the concept of “looks like” to her. It seemed too abstract and it took several minutes to ask the right questions to help her. I ended up asking her “What do you see?” “Is it big? Small?” “What colors do you see” etc. Were these appropriate strategies to use with her because the original concept was too abstract?

Possible Strategies:
These are excellent questions to scaffold the student’s understanding of what “looks like” means. You could also use the student herself and have her describe what she “looks like,” or even use yourself as an example.