Relevancy. Rigor. Authenticity. These are buzzwords in education. Pundits overuse these terms, which makes teachers ignore their meanings. We may avoid confronting these terms because we know, deep down, that these concepts are difficult to achieve in the classroom.
It’s difficult to make a curriculum relevant to the lives of 25 teenagers, meeting all of their needs and wants.
It’s difficult to scaffold lessons, pushing students to the edge of their zones of proximal development.
It’s difficult to create a classroom where students read and write authentically, not just “playing school” for extrinsic rewards. … KEEP READING