Discuss the broader value and context of engaging in rigorous and systematic thinking/learning (ex: becoming an informed citizen, creating/inventing, working for social justice)
It can be easy for learning to exist in a silo where students don’t see the real world applications or usage of it. By regularly sharing with students how they can use both their knowledge and their critical/systemic thinking skills outside of the classroom, teachers can help them become more informed citizens who understand how to work through problems in the real world. It is important to contextualize for students that rigorous thinking helps address real world challenges and can contribute to great causes in the world.
We suggest implementing these strategies:
Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year
Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.
Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.