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 …
Here's what I've learned on my journey to develop the weekly "Tech Tip" emails for my school district (with the goal that folks will actually read them and learn something). Auto-Play Witiin Emails Within email, videos will not play (you must click on the link and open the video in a new tab to watch it). GIFs (animated images) will play within the email because technically they are images not videos. Creating GIFs I use a paid program called Camtasia to create GIFs and videos. If you search for free GIF creators, you will find oodles of options, but I haven't used any free ones to recommend specifically. Email Templates and Responsive Design You can use third-party tools to find email templates that will automatically adjust to any device (responsive design). For example, if I view the email on my phone, my iPad, and my laptop, it will adapt and look awesome on all three! Here are a couple responsive design email template options: Gmail Templates from CloudHQ - Ch…