Do you ever feel like you are helping your students too much and doing the thinking for them?
Are you afraid to call a struggling student to the board for fear of embarrassing the child?
Do you offer only exercises you know your students can do in the belief that these successes will build self-esteem?
Do parents complain when a homework assignment is challenging and say they don’t want their child to be frustrated?
Listen to this recording from NPR on the differences between Eastern and Western cultures in attitudes towards struggle in learning.
How do you feel about the place of struggle in learning math? Send your thoughts via the Questions/Comments/Solutions link at the top of the page.