Liz volunteers in her 1st grade daughter's classroom. What I wouldn't give for an extra pair of eyes like hers in my classroom. She can find the big picture within the small moments that she spends with those lucky kids.
This week, she provides a perfect concrete example of those fancy Edu-lingo terms SCAFFOLDING and ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT. She drew the dots for the child to connect. She left. When she came back, the child was drawing the dots AND connecting them. The essence of good teaching. Go here and read all about it.