When it comes to learning, sometimes the best way is to learn from our mistakes. This teaches students perseverance and the ability to problem-solve to figure things out for themselves. Letting students struggle allows for them to chance to tackle the task at hand and work through it. This keeps students engaged, as long as the goals are attainable. Finding the right level of struggle or challenge is key to be constructive and instructive (Seeley, 2009). “Jennifer Zosh has discovered that toddlers learn new words more effectively by using their knowledge about the world to infer the label of an object, rather than by simply being instructed and told which word goes with which object (McDade, 2013). This just proves that students must explore their environments and develop a sense of understanding for themselves, instead of spoon-feeding students. The best way to do this is to design instruction that matches the level of the students, which can be a challenge for some teachers as they have students at different levels. Knowing the transition of the students from arousal to anxiety can help teachers determine that balance to create effective challenges for students (Strauss, 2015).
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Strauss, V. (2015, April 21). What is the value of letting students struggle in class? teachers answers.