Productive Methods of Struggle for Students

Productive Methods of Struggle for Students

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course teaches you how to design activities that foster productive struggle in students. Model Teaching's mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will also learn about specific strategies you can use to help students overcome challenges and practice their skills for success.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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In this teacher professional development course, you will learn about the importance of allowing your students to engage in productive methods of struggle so that they can learn skills and strategies to overcome challenging tasks. You will be provided with activities and strategies to support your students and help foster productive struggle.

The course comes with a downloadable PDF of the content and a reference guide that helps you eliminate unnecessary hurdles in your challenging activities so that you can set your students up for success.


  1. Productive Struggle Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with an understanding of productive struggle, teaching you strategies to support students throughout challenging tasks. The course also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to productive struggle. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of productive struggle.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14739