Being stuck is a natural part of learning, we all get stuck. Being able to get ourselves unstuck is as much about how we react emotionally as it is about having the practical strategies to work out how to overcome it. Being able to manage an effective way out of being stuck is a critical part of persevering.
James Nottingham introduced the idea of the Learning Pit as a way to explain that struggling is part of learning and that if we are to understand something we need to struggle with it first.
The explicit message is that students need to expect being stuck during any learning. The implicit message is that being stuck is a good thing – something you want to see. Using this technique regularly with your child means children come to accept being stuck as a natural part of learning. It begins to build their curiosity about why and possible patterns to stuckness.
The ability to cope with and overcome difficulty and challenge is a key aspect to becoming a successful learner. By celebrating the moment of being stuck, children and adults are reminded that being stuck is not a place of shame, rather that it is part of the learning journey.