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Struggling With Math Can Help

800px-Pi_plateNew Jersey teachers have found a surprising way to keep students engaged and successful, according to Edutopia: They let underachieving youngsters get frustrated by math.

While working with minority and low-income students at low-performing schools in Newark for the past seven years, researchers at Rutgers University have found that allowing students to struggle with challenging math problems can lead to dramatically improved achievement and test scores.

“We’ve found there is a healthy amount of frustration that’s productive; there is a satisfaction after having struggled with it,” says Roberta Schorr, associate professor in Rutgers University at Newark’s Urban Education Department. Her group has also found that, though conventional wisdom says certain abilities are innate, a lot of kids’ talents and abilities go unnoticed unless they are effectively challenged; the key is to do it in a nurturing environment. Read more

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