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 …
Some favorite things I learned while completing the training modules for Google Educator Level 2 Certification:
Video Chats and BroadcastsGoogle Hangouts On Air a special type of Google Hangouts that broadcasts your video live and uploads the recording to your public YouTube ChannelGoogle+ Communities to Connect Classrooms (like Mystery Skype or 'Skype in the Classroom' but with Google Hangouts)Mystery Location Calls "a great resource to see if someone would be able to do a mystery hangout with your class. This format makes students guess the location of the other class with yes or no questions" (Google)Connected Classroom Communityseek or find other classrooms for your students to connect with Explore the WorldGoogle Cultural Institute virtual field trips through images, stories, and panoramic views; includes Art Project, Historical Moments, and World WondersGoogle Lit Tripsa bit tricky to navigate, but I love the idea of having students explore, then create their own!Re…