As teachers, we often struggle with student buy-in and engagement. We've heard the question many times: "why do I need to learn this?"
If you were to ask teachers, parents, or students this question, you would get a wide variety of responses:
"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."
Why do I need to learn this? It's a question every teacher has faced at one time or another. So, how do we convince students that what they are doing in the classroom matters? It's simple, really. We stop creating a gap between the "real" world and the "school world." What does that even mean? Which world are we living in if not the real one? Doesn't it make more sense to empower students to see the connections between their learning and the world outside of school?