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Mastering Skills Together: The Scaffolding Technique for Adult Learners

In adult vocational training, mastering new skills requires a supportive framework. Discover the power of the "I Do, We Do, You Do" scaffolding technique—an approach designed to empower adult learners on their journey to skill mastery.

I Do (Teacher Modeling):

Watch and Learn! The first step involves the instructor demonstrating the skill or concept. Through clear explanations and live demonstrations, learners gain an understanding of what success looks like. As a teacher, your role is to model the process step by step, showcasing best practices and strategies.

We Do (Guided Practice):

Together We Thrive! In this phase, learners actively participate alongside the instructor. Guided practice sessions provide opportunities for collaboration, feedback, and hands-on learning experiences. Learners apply the demonstrated skills in a supportive environment, building confidence and proficiency.

You Do (Independent Practice):

Empowerment Unleashed! Now it's time for learners to take the lead. With the support and guidance provided in earlier stages, they engage in independent practice. This phase fosters autonomy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Learners apply what they've learned in real-world scenarios, reinforcing their mastery of the skill or concept.

Benefits of Scaffolding for Adult Learners:

  • Gradual Progression: Encourages gradual skill development at a comfortable pace.
  • Active Engagement: Promotes active participation and collaboration among learners.
  • Confidence Building: Fosters confidence through guided practice and constructive feedback.
  • Skill Mastery: Facilitates mastery of skills through hands-on experiences and real-world application.
  • Empowerment: Empowers learners to take ownership of their learning journey and apply skills independently.


The "I Do, We Do, You Do" scaffolding technique is a proven pathway to success for adult learners. Embracing the journey of skill mastery, supported by structured guidance and collaborative learning experiences. Together, the trainer and the students build a foundation for lifelong learning and professional growth.

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