Instructional Clarity Through Scaffolding
Like construction scaffolding, which is erected when a new building is started and removed when the building is complete, instructional scaffolding is temporary. It is used to help students understand important concepts, make connections between concepts, learn new practical skills, or combine a number of concepts and practical skills into an integrated skill. Instructional scaffolding helps us move students from where they are now to the next level of skills, knowledge, and ability. This session will discuss different methods instructors can use to ensure instructional clarity by building the right type of scaffolding for massage students.
Anne Williams is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor, and aromatherapist. Before joining Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) as Director of Education, Anne worked as a massage instructor, spa consultant, and curriculum specialist with a focus on program startup. She has written two textbooks: Spa Bodywork and Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional and has served as editor for the book Teaching Massage: Foundation Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors. In her free time, she loves rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and pretty much anything that gets her out into Colorado’s beautiful landscape with friends.