Constructive struggle

Dyscalculia: News from the web:

Best way to teach students math is to work on their learning, their deep understanding and that is best done by having them experience finding the solution, with some guidance, themselves instead of relying on rote memorization.

The Math Medic blog says it well:

 “It would be so much easier if they would just tell us what we need to know.” One parent even said, “My child learns better when you spoon feed her.”

No, they don’t learn better, they memorize better.

What we explained to parents was the value that came with the struggle. Students develop a stronger, more long-lasting understanding when they discover the concepts on their own. What we did realize from this experience was the importance of being transparent about this process with students. It’s so important that students understand that they are supposed to struggle! And struggling does not mean that they are failing, it means that they are growing.

Read all about it HERE