The Last Time
When was the last time you allowed your students to struggle?
Reflect on the last few weeks. Have you provided challenging lessons that involve appropriate rigor? Do you have specific activities that require students to persevere through confusion or even frustration?
The Next Time
Take advantage of the next time you can let your students struggle.
Obviously, we don't want students to shut down in class because a task is too complex. But, as we know, learning is more than being told the answers. Involved lessons provide practice time with the potential for students to try, fail, adjust, and try again. Purposefully challenging activities offer a chance for students to get invested, (appropriately) frustrated, and then excited through progress. Simple reminder for us all: jump at each opportunity to let the students actually work.