I spent today at EduBloggerCon - a pre-unconference at NECC. At one of the sessions I made that comment that "what goes on in school stays in school”.
What I mean by that is that students think that what they learn (or at least what teachers are teaching) doesn't matter outside of school.That may be the reason that so many students object to homework - they don't want to bring school home.
This is part of a bigger problem in that too many students are in school, not to learn, but to pass on to the next level. Elementary school students want to get into middle school, middle school into high school, high school into college and college into work. They don't see the connection between acquaring knowledge in the process. All they see is moving through steps.
The trick is getting students to see that they need the knowledge and that the knowledge matters outside of school.
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