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When are we ever going to need this in real life?

“The answer is not what [the students] expect: never. These exact facts, figures, and problems? You’ll probably never need them. The real lesson here is the diligence, cooperation, resilience, flexibility, critical thinking, and problem solving you are actively using today. You will use those skills every time life presents you with something difficult or unexpected: obstacles in your personal life, accidents and catastrophes, lost jobs and loved ones. Working through those challenges is what matters most. When I’m teaching kids to work harder than they ever thought they could? That is what they will need every day of their lives.” (12)

From “What Teachers Make”, by Taylor Mali (http://www.amazon.ca/dp/0399158545)

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  1. […] have, there are much greater intangibles that the classroom setting can provide. As I blogged about previously, an excerpt from Taylor Mali‘s book, “What Teachers Make“, paints a picture of […]

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