After carefully reading the work of Lev Vygotsky, choose a child in your family or work setting and illustrate how the Zone of Proximal Development works in practice by teaching the child a task, such as how to make cookies, tie his or her shoes, put a toy together or sew something. Then answer the following questions:
What task did you choose? How old was the child? How did the learning go?
What is scaffolding and how much of this did you do?
How does a child use language to learn new things?
What differences did Barbara Rogoff and Patricia Greenfield discover from culture to culture in terms of scaffolding?