“Seldom has a book been as timely or as necessary as Productive Math Struggle is today.”  From the Foreword by Matt Larson, PhD

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  • Winter 2022 WMC Virtual Book Study


  • Productive Math Struggle: A 6-Point Action Plan for Fostering Perseverance



  • Register on or before February 5th to receive a complementary copy of the book from WMC by mail!

All students face struggle, and they should - it is how they learn and grow. The teacher’s job is not to remove struggle, but rather to value and harness it, helping students develop good habits of productive struggle. However, when left unsupported, struggle can become unproductive and demoralizing, negatively influencing students’ mathematical identities. 

Productive Math Struggle provides an action plan to help teachers help students to overcome obstacles and learn to engage in true productive struggle. 

Dates and Time: The virtual book study discussions will be held virtually over five weeks: Thursday, February 10th, 17th, 24th, March 3rd, and March 10th from 7 pm-8:30 pm (CST).

Cost: $35 for educators and $15 for teacher candidates



    Join WMC as we dig into six specific actions you can use to help foster productive struggle. Examples from K - 12 will be used to illustrate these ideas at all grade levels.  

    John SanGiovanni (one of the lead authors) will attend our Kick Off Event for the book study to help us set the stage for this very important work. 

    This book study is designed for all stakeholders including teachers, coaches, administrators, and math educators at the University and College level.  

    The cost to participate in the book study is $35 for educators and $15 for undergraduate students. Registrations received on or before February 5th will get a complimentary copy of the book from WMC via mail. 

    Information related to how to access the virtual book study via Zoom will email on February 6, 2022.

    For more information: Contact WMC as wmc@wismath.org.

     

    About the Book



     Productive Math Struggle: A 6-Point Action Plan for Fostering Perseverance

    Authors: John J. SanGiovanni, Susie Katt, and Kevin J. Dykema

    Struggle is hard. Productive struggle is power.

    All students face struggle, and they should—it is how they learn and grow. The teacher’s job is not to remove struggle, but rather to value and harness it, helping students develop good habits of productive struggle. But what’s missing for many educators is an action plan for how to achieve this, especially when it comes to math.

    Persevering through difficult challenges to reach new learning is the core of Productive Math Struggle. When left unsupported, struggle can become unproductive and demoralizing, negatively influencing students’ mathematical identities. The authors guide teachers through six specific actions—including valuing, fostering, building, planning, supporting, and reflecting on struggle—to create a game plan for overcoming obstacles by sharing

    • Actionable steps, activities, and tools for implementation
    • Instructional tasks and vignettes representative of each grade level
    • Real-world examples showcasing classroom photos and student work samples

    Revolving around the idea that math is a way of thinking and understanding, and not just the pursuit of answers and procedures, this book empowers students to embrace productive struggle to build essential skills for learning and living—both inside and outside the classroom.



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