Invested Learning and Authentic Interactions

Learning "sticks" better when students are invested and have authentic interactions. For example, my daughter enjoys drawing and has started learning animation techniques. Her English teacher allowed her to create an animated movie for a Fahrenheit 451 report.
Not only did she spend ten hours working on an English report, she enjoyed every moment of it. But the part that I appreciate (even if she doesn't) is the comment left by one viewer. This person appreciated the connection made between the song lyrics and the way she had illustrated a particular plot point. Meaningful discussion can connect ideas and people in ways that a forced classroom discussion never can.

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