Any student in the School of Education at IU can tell you who vygotsky is. I have heard so much about him and the Zone of Proximal Development in the past two years. However, I have not really thought about how it is important within the classroom. I tried thinking back to my own elementary school years and wondered if my teachers ever took Vygotsky's theory into consideration when making the lesson plans. I then realized that every time a teacher had asked us to work with other students on a particular task, that teacher was using the Zone of Proximal Development in order to help us learn a more difficult task. For example, I remember one of my former teachers used to pair up a student that was struggling with a topic, with a student that clearly understoood it. The student that understood the topic was then to teach it to the other student. This gave every student in the class a chance to interact with their peers in order to better understand the topic.
I feel that the zone of proximal development still applies to my life today. It seems that being in the school of education means having a lot of group projects each semester. Since each person in the group has had different life experiences, I feel that in most cases we tend to learn a new way of doing something from our classmates.