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7 08, 2019

## Productive Struggle: An Approach that Fosters Critical Thinking

2019-08-07T09:45:22-04:00 August 7th, 2019|Critical thinking, STEM, Supporting Students, Teaching|0 Comments

This guest post was written by KristinÂ Owens, Assistant Director ofÂ STEM area. Why is math class not the setting for most made-for-TV movies? Frankly, it is often lacking many of the elements we find most entertaining: suspense, drama, edge-of-your-seat action. TV audiences are not particularly engaged by lectures, note-taking, and example problems. And neither are students. An approach called productive struggle could change that! What is productive struggle? Imagine a group of students hunched around a worksheet containing a set of block figures. Each figure has the same shape, but the number of blocks in each increases consistently from the first figure to the last. The students must formulate an equation to calculate the number of blocks in each figure. And that is the extent of their instructions. While you may not be on the edge of your seat, the opening scene has set the stage for an exercise in productive struggle. Watch what happens next! The process of productive struggle Now that the teacher has assigned the worksheet, this is how the process of productive struggle [...]

11 05, 2016

## Common Student Math Misconceptions

2018-07-22T17:55:58-04:00 May 11th, 2016|classroom teaching, math, Teaching|0 Comments

When teachers and educational publishers pay attention to misconceptions in math they will be going a long way towards helping students.

6 05, 2016

## Two Teachers To Thank

During Teacher Appreciation Week I want to thank two teachers.

1 05, 2014

## The Value of Fun in Professional Development Programs

2018-09-07T20:38:52-04:00 May 1st, 2014|fun, Learning, skills, Teaching|0 Comments

The purpose of people having fun.

20 03, 2014

## Organized Chaos: A Characteristic of an Awesome Classroom

2018-06-18T20:04:58-04:00 March 20th, 2014|classroom teaching, Common Core, project-based, Teaching|0 Comments

A situation that is described as "organized chaos" is a outsider that cannot see any specific pattern by which to describe the events transpiring.