Today I wish to Introduce you to the Zone of Proximal Development. In this zone the learner is at the Half way mark in the all important learning journey.
They can do a lot but they still need some form of guidiance. Hence it is the difference between what they can do with support and what they cannot do.
What happens most times is that the progress of this zone is truncated and the learner is unable to attain the heights they should because they do not have enough support to progress into the Zone where the learner begins to display characteristics of Mastery. (See picture)👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿👆🏿
Dear parent, manage your expectations. As in all things, crafting the foundation takes time if you want to build right. The environment at home should also be condusive to learning. When home and school work together, the child is always a stronger learner.
This phase must not be rushed just because everyone wants to hear that all is peachy. In this zone scaffolding must be provided to move the student towards heights attainable. Look beyond today and work towards building, nurturing and grooming the adults of tomorrow.
Learning is a process and it is progressive in nature. We do not have a magic wand to make all gaps go away and speed up the process. In actual fact, we do not need the wand because we would rather watch understanding and independence being developed steadily but strongly in each child.
Trust the process, It works.