Always include the “Why” behind class activities
We’ve all been there. You plan an amazing lesson activity… then receive pushback from students immediately. One way to reduce the odds of this occurring is to include the “why” behind new class activities. This is why ASSET includes Primer lessons in the curriculum. If you explain how an activity can tangibly benefit students, they will be more inclined to give it a try. For example, whenever we were going to analyze economic data in my U.S. History class, I framed the activities as a way to develop financial literacy, a skill relevant for countless jobs students could have after graduating.
Why are you teaching the ASSET curriculum? Is it because you wished you had something like this in high school? Because you acknowledge their stress and want to actively do something about it? Let your students know your “why.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of including the rationale for activities check out this article from the National Education Association.
About the Author
Brent Modak followed the example set by his grandfather and entered the classroom first as a middle school teacher before moving up to teach high school history. As a member of the ASSET team, Brent helped develop the curriculum and led in the implementation of the program across all of ASSET’s partner schools. When not teaching Brent enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and newborn baby, Lewis.