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2. Learning as We Grow -
Development and Learning

Questions for Reflection

Question 1: All three teachers start their lessons with real-world examples. They all say students need to have things they can see, touch, and feel. What are the developmental differences, then, among these three lessons?

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Question 2: At the end of the eighth grade lesson, the teacher seems to go very quickly over the demonstration of crashing into barrels. Shouldn't students be collecting and analyzing data about that the same way they did measuring time and distance?

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Question 3: What is the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)?

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Question 4: Why does Dr. Tharp say that understanding the zone of proximal development (ZPD) helps the teacher understand the basic art of teaching?

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Question 5: How do you plan for different levels of student ability and knowledge when organizing a group activity or project?

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Question 6: All three teachers had their students formulate and organize their own data. Why is it important that students do this? What do you do if they get it wrong – for example, what if they organize the data in a way that doesn't reveal the concepts they need to understand?

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Question 7: What are some of the challenges in working in the zone of proximal development with a child from a different culture?

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Question 8: What do you do if you have a child in your class that has had no previous experience with hands-on learning?

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Question 9: Is there only one kind of assistance in the ZPD? In other words, if a student is in one ZPD for math, does that mean the teacher should assume the student's performance for language and science is in a comparable zone?

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