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Connect What We Learn to the World
Connect What We Learn to the World

“Apply what I learn to real life . . .”

Overview

We aren’t in the business of preparing our students to take tests for the rest of their lives. We aren’t in the business of helping our students learn to navigate school as the end-all, be-all model of life’s journey. Nope. As Jeff Wilhelm (2016) reminds us in a Writing Project keynote, “We’re in this to develop tools to use in the real world.”

Imagine a classroom where students are cast as inventors trying to solve the irksome problems of everyday life. Through research, drafting, prototyping, and presentation, one student pitches a product that helps with the tangled wires underneath a desk. Another ...

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