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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsHelp desks provide and area in the room where students are allowed to go and access a range of different materials to help them with the task. These materials can be there to support or challenge them with their learning. Students can be limited to the number of times they are allowed to access this area if you wish to encourage them to persevere before going to get help. So if you want any information, you can use it. Books-- I've put two different sources of information, revision guide, and the Edexcel books. On the information sheets at the back, it tells you what pages we are talking about. OK?

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsYou've also got William's Words if you want-- Support materials can be made up from a range of different sources, such as keyword sheets, technological support, such as computers or other devices, textbooks, revision guides, dictionaries, questions about the topic, worksheets, et cetera. I don't know if chickens have ears. That's a really good question. Maybe we could write that question down, and we could find out in a little while at the help desk. Should we do that? Anything that you need to support your learning is on the help desk over there. So there are printouts of the double bubble. There printouts of the Venn diagram. There are textbooks, and there are revision guides, and there are statements to sequence.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 secondsChallenge yourself to see what you can do without any support. But go and grab writing structures if you need them to help plan your answer. These materials support the different needs of the students, enabling them to get on with the work independently or with their peers in order to move forward their learning.

Observing how to scaffold learning - help desks

Andrea discusses a range of different ways help desks can be established in the classroom to both support and challenge learners and enable them to work independently.

We will see in this video our primary and secondary teachers using help desks in their classrooms.

As mentioned in Step 4.4 we will be asking you to share the ideas in this or the next steps that you would like to have a go at implementing. We ask you to share your thoughts by contributing a short summary of your thinking to the discussion on Step 4.8 and to respond to at least one of the summaries contributed by other learners.

Points we suggest you focus on are:

  • Subject
  • Topic
  • The practicalities of managing the ideas
  • Any questions you may have about the approach

You may therefore wish to make notes as you watch the video.

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Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

National STEM Learning Centre