As a teacher you can often watch a child struggling and automatically reach out to help them.
But I’ve learned that it’s extremely hard but much more valuable if you let them struggle!
Let children find new ways and problem solve. When allowing them to struggle children will feel proud to accomplish the goal. They will be confident to problem solve and approach new situations with confidence too.
It’s easy to give children too much scaffolding but struggle means they are learning.
I have started to promote struggle and mistakes in my class by valuing effort rather than ‘cleverness.’ The children now feel proud to see that more effort means more can be accomplished. After all it is a life skill!
There are some lovely mindset books that can be read with children across primary school too. Discussion around mindset and allowing your brain to grow is great for perseverance in subjects such as maths!
I can’t do it …yet!
Or wow your brain is growing keep trying! Works a treat.