Students Using Productive Struggle Experience Deeper Learning

New white paper from Triumph Learning demonstrates benefits of smart practice solution, Waggle

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“The case for productive struggle, especially with the current increase in the rigor of state standards, is critical to helping students attain college and career readiness.”
A new white paper from Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 curriculum and interactive digital tools, reveals that productive struggle can lead to deeper learning among students. The white paper looks at productive struggle as used through Triumph Learning’s Waggle Smart Practice solution, which was developed around this research-backed learning strategy.

“The case for productive struggle, especially with the current increase in the rigor of state standards, is critical to helping students attain college and career readiness,” said Dr. Marcella Bullmaster-Day, author of the white paper. “Waggle offers an excellent opportunity for students to work through desirable difficulties using spaced and mixed practice with immediate feedback in a personalized program.”

The white paper outlines the key elements of productive struggle such as motivation, persistence, support and feedback. It also details learning strategies that promote productive struggle, including quizzing, self-testing and mixed practice. Each of these is supported by research and a critical component of Waggle.

“Smart practice is at the core of Waggle, providing students with rich opportunities to gain confidence and competence in meeting rigorous standards,” said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer at Triumph Learning and developer of Waggle. “Through productive struggle in a safe, positive environment, students can enhance learning with in-the-moment feedback, scaffolded instruction, and personalized pathways.”

Dr. Marcella Bullmaster-Day is the director of the Touro College Lander Center for Educational Research in New York City. She has worked as a teacher, principal, researcher, university professor, corporate executive, curriculum and program designer and professional development consultant in urban educational contexts for more than three decades. Dr. Bullmaster-Day holds a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.

More information about how productive struggle facilitates deeper learning is available in a new white paper, Productive Struggle for Deeper Learning.

About Waggle
Waggle is a personalized, smart practice solution for mathematics and English language arts that launched in 2014 and has already garnered numerous accolades, including ISTE 2015 Best of Show, 2016 Teacher’s Choice Award, and District Administration’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products.  Waggle creates a safe and positive environment for students to explore tasks beyond their reach and engage in productive struggle.  Providing educators with insightful and intuitive information, Waggle is an effective tool for formative assessment and differentiated instruction.  Waggle has delivered over 10 million personalized recommendations, paving unique, personalized pathways to meet each student where they are.  Experience the difference at