Can teachers use students' concerns to help them learn?

05/24/2013 | Edutopia.org

Teachers looking to engage students in lessons often seek to tap into their interests, but two educators have advocated for linking curriculum to adolescent students' concerns about identity, connectedness and power. In this blog post, teacher and education journalist Mark Phillips writes about the approach, devised by Mario Fantini and Gerry Weinstein. In one example, language arts teachers select books that apply to the concerns of students.

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