Making Curriculum Matter to Students

By Erin Nerlino  February 1, 2023  Why do I need to know this?” “When will I ever need this again?” As a high school teacher, I regularly hear these questions from students. Sometimes their frequency makes them easy to dismiss as complaints, but buried within them are two important questions for teachers: (1) Does each […]

Authentic learning: what, why and how?

As educators, we have all known for a long time that learning is best done through experience – learning by doing rather than learning by listening or observing. Educational theory and research support this claim. The daunting thing is, how do we as educators, plan for this? How do we design learning so that it […]

Starting Strong

Establishing the “what” and the “why” in the first 10–15 minutes pays high dividends. My high school biology teacher had a sign taped to her desk that read “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” After becoming a teacher, I realized that when it came to lessons, failure to […]