Grappling

Grappling is an important part of learning in many ways. First, it is the balance that students must undergo every day in the classroom. They have to balance the gaining of content with civil behavior. “Grappling is necessarily a balancing act. One tries to do what one has never done before and learns more about what one wants to do (Ornstein, Pajak, & Ornstein, 2015).” Next, grappling is part of curriculum development. We need to create a design that is not too far out of reach, but can engage the students and not “sell them short”. Classroom discussions are another aspect of grappling and learning. Students need to learn how to present material and also share their thoughts and opinions. When grappling in the minds of students allow them to take their learning into other experiences, which is one of the most important aspects of a well-developed education. One final aspect of grappling in education is allowing the students to think further beyond the classroom and continue learning. Students should be able to fully grasp the information presented, unfortunately this is rarely performed due to time constraints of curriculum.

Technology and the increase of student achievement is a movement toward a digital frontier in the classroom and how it is embraced for overall student performance. A survey conducted showed that 97% of teachers used some type of digital device. “The most commonly cited benefit of technology-enhanced instruction was improved student engagement, at 60 percent. Better student access to instructional content, at 55 percent, and improved ability to provide individualized instruction, at 48 percent, rounded out the top three”. (Bolkan, 2015) This study provided information about how technology has allowed teachers to increase performance, which helps students increase performance.

“This data shows that the environment for educators is visibly challenging, with new standards and technology driving both anxiety and optimism,” said HMH Chief Content Officer Mary Cullinane in a prepared statement. “It is our job to help teachers grappling with these changes; we need to create digital solutions that are designed with simplicity and engagement in mind. That, together with effective technology training and meaningful opportunities to collaborate, can help reduce anxiety and support teachers’ confidence as a whole.” (Bolkan, 2015)

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