As educators, we hear a lot about productive struggle, especially when it comes to math. But letting students struggle is difficult for parents and family members, and even for teachers who understand that it’s an important part of learning.

Recently, at Heritage Elementary School, we’ve had the opportunity to focus a bit more tightly on productive struggle.

Let them be frustrated!

In my 5th-grade classroom we use ST Math, a visual math program that asks students to use spatial-temporal reasoning to solve puzzles and move a penguin named JiJi from one side of the screen...

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  • About the Author:

    Karrie Murdock teaches 5th grade at Heritage Elementary School. She can be reached at