Jamie Cameron – Acting Deputy Principal
Most educators will be very familiar with the work of Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934), a Soviet psychologist and social constructivist who introduced the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD).
In recent years the ZPD has been referred to as the zone where students can learn, with support. One role of education is to challenge students, thus working in their ZPD. This applies to academics, but also extends into social and emotional benefits as the young person is confronted with new knowledge and experiences.
As learning occurs, the child’s current achievement will grow, and more complex learning, previously beyond reach, becomes closer and perhaps even achievable with support.
We want our students to embrace challenge and know that it is okay to sometimes not be okay. Again, only by stepping out of the safety of what they already know can students fully grow. Some challenges may be unwanted, but by leaning into them more skills and strategies can be developed.
Life is complicated and seldom smooth. By stepping out of their comfort zones, our young people are preparing for what is ahead. Don’t rescue them, allow them to experience challenge and develop strategies in the safe and supportive environment of the College.