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EP09: When Your Child Struggles

It’s hard to watch your child struggle. It’s also an important part of the learning and growing process. In this episode, we talk about why and when to let struggle happen. We also provide you with 4 tips on how to coach your child as they face a new challenge.

The Resources

THE NEUROSCIENCE BEHIND PRODUCTIVE STRUGGLE

Source: Rishi Sriram, Edutopia

Challenging tasks spur the production of myelin, a substance that increases the strength of brain signals. Here are four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into your lessons.

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PRODUCTIVE STRUGGLE IS A LEARNER’S SWEET SPOT

Source: Barbara R. Blackburn, ASCD Express

“Productive struggle is what I call the “sweet spot” in between scaffolding and support. Rather than immediately helping students at the first sign of trouble, we should allow them to work through struggles independently before we offer assistance.”

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HOW DO I HELP MY CHILD THROUGH A SCHOOLWORK MELTDOWN?

At the heart of every schoolwork meltdown are anxiety and frustration. No matter how even-keeled your child might be, you are bound to experience a meltdown at some point in their school career. School can be mentally and emotionally draining for many children. Whether in a building or attending remotely, learning requires a lot of energy and can make children self-conscious for hours at a time. There are a few things parents can do to help children move through a schoolwork meltdown.

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