Welcome back! Last week, I presented a list of expectations for both students and teachers during productive struggle and provided an opportunity to see productive struggle in action via a Teaching Channel video. (Read Part 3 here.) Today, I want to connect productive struggle with growth mindsets and share a great resource with you.
- acknowledge and show value for the effort that students make
- ask questions that allow students to move forward without giving away the answer or solution strategy
- provide specific feedback on students’ progress
- reinforce the idea that struggle is part of the process
- Carter, S. (2008). Disequilibrium and questioning in the primary classroom: Establishing routines that help students learn. Teaching Children Mathematics, 15(3), pp. 134-37.
- Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (2014). Principles to actions: Ensuring mathematical success for all. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.