There is a saying that says all good things are worth working for. That is what is supposed to keep us going when we encounter roadblocks and challenges along our way. But what if I told you that struggling is a good thing? As long as the struggle is productive.
Productive struggle is something that we should all encounter, but moreover, productive struggle is something that we should all embrace. Afterall, when we experience productive struggle that means we are making grounds at getting to our goal. My guest today, Peg Grafwallner, would agree. Peg is the author of Not Yet…And That’s OK: How Productive Struggle Fosters Student Learning. She joins us today to talk more about the not yet mindset and the productive struggle including strategies in how to boost student engagement and learning.
Peg Grafwallner, M.Ed., is an Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist at a large urban school in Milwaukee, WI. As an English teacher, at-risk educator, instructional coach and reading specialist, she has taught advanced English and developing readers. Currently, Peg collaborates with teachers to seamlessly embed literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) into their discipline without disrupting the integrity of the content. In addition, she models, coaches and assists teachers in creating comprehensive literacy lessons meant to enhance skill-building; in addition to providing instructional support to teachers district-wide. Peg is a blogger, author, and national presenter with articles appearing in ASCDExpress, ASCDInservice, Booksource Banter Blog, Edutopia, Exceptional Parent, Illinois Reading Journal, KQED in the Classroom, Literacy Daily, Literacy and NCTE, NCTE Village Voices and the Wisconsin State Reading Journal.