While reading the information found in different links, I learned that instructional scaffolding is an important aspect of literary instruction and learning. The purpose of instructional scaffolding is to simplify, clarify, and then teach the procedures and framework. After all of the steps, the students should eventually be able to do the activity successfully on their own. All students should be able to succeed with all of the scaffolding they receive through the suggested lessons. One of the most frustrating things for me is trying to complete work and not knowing exactly what the teacher wants. By going over how to find information, giving students the worksheets (organizational scaffolding) to fill out, and creating an I Poem as a class, no one should have an excuse for not doing well on this assignment. Everything is laid out for them.
I really like the idea of I Poems because they are a creative way for students to summarize what they read. Students usually have to write a few sentences to demonstrate their understanding of a reading, and I think most students find that boring. By creating I Poems, students are more engaged and interested in carefully reading and recording information. The power point stated that using I Poems increase student understanding and I can see how it does. Students must pay attention to what they are reading to be able to fill out the worksheets and then make an I Poem that demonstrates understanding of the reading. Also, I think students like making I Poems because they don’t have to worry about creating the form of their poem because the teacher gives them a template for it. I think I Poems are a low stress and fun way to read and then demonstrate understanding .