Productive Struggle: Strategies and Tasks
for Promoting Perseverance in your Mathematics Classroom
In this 90-minute session, participants will explore the meaning of productive struggle and how it encourages risk-taking in the classroom. We will learn the importance of valuing perseverance, how mental stamina can be built through problem solving and how identifying multiple entry points to a task increases engagement and helps identify and maximize potential. In this session, we will investigate strategies and tasks that provide students with the appropriate level of challenge from a mathematics lens.
Amanda Ironside has 20 years of experience in public education in which she has enjoyed working as an elementary teacher, math interventionist, gifted & talented teacher and instructional coach. Currently, she is the Gifted & Talented Coordinator for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. Amanda is an instructional leader, focusing on curriculum development and enhancing educational pedagogy in order to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Amanda has extensive experience coaching and collaborating with teachers and students so that their unique academic and instructional needs are met through extensions and support when appropriate. Through coaching and collaborating, she shares research-based strategies and aids in developing instructional plans based on best practice. She is an innovator in her district, providing professional development in multiple disciplines and at all grade levels.
Shelly Daun has over 25 years of professional experience in public education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. She has been an instructional leader and administrator for most of her career in education focusing on systems change and school-wide reform. She has worked in large suburban and high poverty school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.
Shelly has led school districts in district level and school improvement utilizing a systems approach to school improvement. All with a curriculum design that focuses on analyzing student data, developing standards and assessments, implementing research-based instructional pedagogy, honoring student equity, leadership development, and creating sustainability action plans. She has had success with developing and implementing school reform and improvement plans when schools are identified as needing improvement at the state level. Shelly is well versed in standards, assessment, K-12 literacy and mathematics instruction, equitable multi-level systems of support for students, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, and leadership development.