Here (above) I helped Oliver think about the some of the shapes in an electric guitar, which he drew and then made in cardboard (which I cut out for him).
Here Oliver drew from a photograph of Ringo's drums. He asked for help to draw the cymbals, when he had drawn the stands, so I drew one (my lines are lighter than his, right), and later I drew one version of Paul's bass at his request (the tiny one center left). It feels important to contribute when a child asks me to, but I don't want to draw in a way that shuts down the child's process. It is tricky!
Below, Ainsley was the support by working in tandem with Oliver. They are using rulers to draw straight lines for violin necks. Oliver made 2 clowns holding instruments in our earlier Circus project.
Meeting each child were they are means helping children move forward in their thinking, understandings and skills. I believe that people are smart in many ways. Knowing how and where to scaffold, and finding the places where I can support each student requires listening, and stepping in at times and holding back at others. It requires much reflection and skill, constant self-questioning, and is one of the most interesting pleasures of teaching. Some day I will have learned this, how to teach in a constructivist classroom, but in the meantime, I will enjoy practicing.