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The Zone of Proximal Development micro-lesson

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This lesson is all about the zone of proximal development. This sounds tricky, but don't worry I will use this diagram to explain simply what these words mean. We already have things that we can do already. We also have things that are so difficult that we can't do them even with lots of help. In between is the zone of proximal development. This is what we can do, but only when we get a little help. This is the ideal zone for us to be in when learning something new. It's just outside the learner's comfort zone. As we practise these skills with less and less help, they eventually move into the can-do part of our diagram. Learners should work out what skills are in their zone of proximal development and work on them with a little bit of help. This help could be from parents, teachers, friends, or even the Internet. So, what is in your zone of proximal development?

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  • The 'zone of proximal development is..'

    1) Just outside of our comfort zone
    2) Just in our comfort zone
    3) In the middle of our comfort zone
    4) Very far away from our comfort zone.
  • What three zones might we see on a diagram about the 'zone of proximal development'?

    1) What we 'can do', 'can do with help' and ' can't do (even with help)'.
    2) Just what we can do.
    3) The 'zone of pre-development', the 'zone of proximal development' and the the 'zone of post-development'.
    4) There are only two zones.
  • How can you learn best in the 'zone of proximal development'?

    1) Get help from people such as parents, teachers, classmates or books or the internet.
    2) Learn without help.
    3) Just keep trying.
    4) Take a break from learning.
  • What is the "zone of proximal development'?

    1) Learning that the learner can do when they have some help.
    2) Learning that the learner can do confidently even without help.
    3) Learning that is too difficult for the learner even with help.
    4) All learning.
  • What happens as we keep practicing skills in the 'zone of proximal development' (with help)?

    1) Eventually they become skills we can do.
    2) We never get better at the skills.
    3) We will always need help to do the skills.
    4) People get fed up of helping us.

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