Learner FIRST Math Center
Productive Struggle: Strategies and Tasks for Promoting Perseverance in your Mathematics Classroom
June 17 and 22
June 17 and 22, 2021
Recorded access to the sessions available until August 30, 2021
Session times are listed below
All Sessions Take Place on Zoom
Guiding learners to make sense of problems and persevere through them helps identify strengths and maximize potential. Providing tasks that all students can access at their readiness level, oftentimes called low-floor, high ceiling tasks, allow students to engage at their appropriate level of challenge. Understanding the importance of productive struggle creates a classroom environment in which risk-taking is encouraged and celebrated.
Amanda Ironside and Cyndie Lowe are actively engaged in classroom instruction through collaborative coaching, both at the elementary and secondary level. Their many years of experience working with teachers and students has provided multiple opportunities to promote the importance of productive struggle and problem solving in the mathematics classroom. During this series, Amanda and Cyndie will share strategies and tasks that will inspire thinking and discourse, leading to a higher level of conceptual understanding.
Cynthia Lowe has over 25 years of experience in education where she enjoyed teaching high school math, training teachers and most recently being an interventionist/instructional coach. Currently, she is the 9-12 math interventionist/coach at Menasha High School located in Wisconsin. Cynthia is a passionate instructional leader, focusing on lesson and unit development through the use of instructional strategies. She has been providing professional development for her district and others for over 10 years, ranging from math focus to building and district level goals based on researched best practices.
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.
What is Productive Struggle?
In this 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 and how mental stamina can be built through problem solving.
This session is highly encouraged because it provides the foundation for the subsequent sessions.
Strategies and Tasks to Promote Productive Struggle in the Elementary Classroom
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 an elementary mathematics lens.
Strategies and Tasks to Promote Productive Struggle in the Secondary Classroom
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 secondary mathematics lens.
Formative Assessment and Productive Struggle...how do they work together?