Productive Struggle in Action

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  • 1 Elon University in Elon, North Carolina
  • 2 Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • 3 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • 4 University of Missouri, Columbia
  • 5 Mathematics coach

Productive struggle is an essential part of mathematics instruction that promotes learning with deep understanding. A video scenario is used to provide a glimpse of productive struggle in action and to showcase its characteristics for both students and teachers. Suggestions for supporting productive struggle are provided.

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This essential part of mathematics instruction promotes learning with deep understanding.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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