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Constructive Struggleis my favorite phrase in education.
Consider the two words independently then in conjunction: constructive, struggle.
"Constructive" means the "struggle" is valuable. It's worth the discomfort, the pain, the time.
This is easy to understand in the context of physical fitness and health. Exercising (struggle!) and making smart food/drink choices (struggle!) result in weight loss, health, and long-life (constructive!).
Similarly, deep thinking (struggle!), questioning (struggle!), and making mistakes (struggle!), all help us own and deepen our learning (constructive!).
So if the struggle is so constructive, why don't we facilitate it more in education? I think we avoid it because constructive struggle is uncomfortable (for both the teacher and students) and takes more time. Perhaps we're tender-hearted, impatient, or both. Yet just as we would not expect an athlete to compete in the Olympics without training, so we should not …