Write Here, Right Now

Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

By Amber Jensen

In the years I’ve spent as a student and a teacher in middle and high school, I have both asked and been asked the ubiquitous question: “But why do we have to learn this?” And I’ve told and been told the answer that so often follows: “You’re going to need to know it when you get to college.”

It’s no secret that preparation for college looms large for both teachers and students. It’s second nature to think about learning in the context of what students need to know to get into college and what they will be expected to do when they arrive. Whether it’s MLA format, grammatical structures, thesis statements, or integrating textual evidence, teachers so often reassure students that today’s learning tasks are made relevant by tomorrow’s likely reward. Preparing students to be successful in the future is a really important part of the job…

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