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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:00 AM

Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) -This is the difference between what a learner can do independently and what a learner cannot do independently.  This concept was developed by psychologist and social constructivist Lev Vygtsky.  Many of the instructional models that we use in education today, including the workshop model, are grounded in this concept.  The idea is that providing students with experiences within their ZPD will advance students' learning. This concept plays out in the classroom when students are guided by the teacher to use tools and strategies, and through questioning that provides students the opportunity to talk about why they are using particular strategies. This approach enables students to move from dependence to independence.