It's important to study (insert subject here) because...

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  1. ayotte04

    ayotte04 Comrade

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    I have found that one of the best qualities a teacher can have is the ability to relate their content area to the lives of their students. Students pay closer attention and work harder if your class (or the material covered) matters to them. If you can answer their questions of "So what?" and find what motivates them, that's where the real learning, thinking, processing, and active involvement occurs.

    If we can demonstrate how our subject directly affects them, they have the potential to put forth great effort.

    I'm interested to see how you'd finish this sentence:

    "It's important for us to study (math, English, science, history, foreign languages, art, music, etc) because...."

    :) :thanks:
     
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  3. JaimeMarie

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    Oh well for my older students (middle school)

    It's important for us to study math because if you bring a girl out on a date you don't want to look silly tryin to figure out the tip!
     
  4. Kerfuffle

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    I love your question.

    My answer is, "It is important to study biology so that you can make good choices for your body and the environment, and so you can communicate well with a doctor for yourself or a loved one." That's my real answer, but I haven't converted it to an answer for teenagers yet -- I have yet to run my own classroom. So I hope an experienced biology teacher responds! :)
     
  5. Lyquidphyre

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    I hear you on that!

    What I would liketo say is "It is important to study Biology because most of you are going to wind up in jail and you need to understand what DNA is."
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    That's just about as practical-application as it gets...
     
  7. ayotte04

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    Lyquid,

    that is hilarious...sad....but very funny
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    It's important to study math so you'll understand money and time. If you don't understand either, I can almost promise you that someone somewhere will rip you off.

    It's important to study English or you'll never get a job, and you'll have no money. If you can't fill out an application or speak in coherent English sentences, you're doomed to minimim wage for the rest of your life.

    It's important to study history because things that have happened in the past tend to happen again... there's even a famous quote saying the same thing. If you can't predict what's likely to happen, you're trusting your life and liberty to someone else.

    It's important to study the arts because they're the fun in life. Without them, life would be dull.

    It's important to study health and phys ed because this body is the only one you've got. If you don't respect it, you're out of luck: there are no trade-ins.

    It's important to study religion, both your own and other peoples. Most of the major conflicts in the past century have had a religous component. These people know your religion; if for no other reason, you had best learn a bit about theirs.

    It's important to study language because this world is getting smaller by the second. We no longer have the luxury of assuming that everyone knows or wants to know, English. Not knowing a second language could cost you, at the very least, a lot of job opportunities some day.

    I can't add a thing to Lyquid's science answer.
     
  9. chicagoturtle

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    Interesting. I teach Pre-K and while we don't often have to justify it to the kids... we often have to justify to the parents why we are doing centers and freeplay and not worksheets. I found this poem awhile ago. We usually keep it posted oustide our door, though I have some things to add which I may later to the discussion. Not sure who the author is... I found via google.

    When I'm building in the block area,
    Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play: about balance and shapes.
    Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

    When I'm getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies,
    Don't get the idea I'm, "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play:
    I may be a mother or a father someday.

    When you see me up to my elbows in paint, or standing at an easel, or molding
    and shaping the clay,
    Please don't let me hear you say, "He's Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm expressing myself and being creative.
    I may be an artist or an inventor someday.

    When you see me sitting in a chair "reading" to an imaginary audience,
    Please don't laugh and think I'm "Just Playing."
    For you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I may be a teacher someday.

    When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with
    choice things I find,
    Don't pass it off as "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I 'm learning as I play.
    I may be a scientist someday.

    When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some plaything at my school,
    Please don't feel the time is wasted in "Play."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate.
    I may be in business someday.

    When you see me cooking to tasting foods,
    Please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to follow directions and see differences.
    I may be a cook someday.

    When you see me learning to skip, hop, run, and move my body,
    Please don't say I'm "Just Playing."
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning how my body works.
    I may be a doctor, nurse, or an athlete someday.

    When you ask me what I've done at school today, and I say, "I Just Played,"
    Please don't misunderstand me.
    For, you see, I'm learning as I play.
    I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work,
    I'm preparing for tomorrow.
    Today, I am a child and my work IS play
     
  10. bandnerdtx

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    Kerfuffle, I think your answer is perfect just the way it is for teenagers. They'll appreciate that. The DNA response from Liquidphyre would be a nice kicker at the end!
     
  11. JaimeMarie

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    I just spit my tea all over my lap! Not sure you want to say that to your class.
     
  12. cjven

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    It is important to study social studies because the past often predicts the future. In my class you learn how to use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and work together with people from diverse backgrounds. Hopefully as adults they will become informed citizens and leaders in their community.
     
  13. ayotte04

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    Chicago, ooo like that poem.

    ....I'm still liking what I'm seeing from everyone's responses. Very cool
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    It's important to study widely and deeply because every subject area sheds light on why the world works the way it does (or, in the case of the social sciences, doesn't).

    And because you never know when some seemingly random bit of information will be just the key you need to get inside a subject.

    And because learning is just so incredibly cool.

    Among the tricks is figuring out how to model the "incredibly cool" part to students.
     
  15. lisap

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    Love these!!

    It is important to learn math (of any level and most subject areas) because every day you will need to think, make decisions, and solve problems.

    If that doesn't do it for them, then I say they need it to fulfill their graduation requirements and earn a diploma which will be required for most jobs in order to earn enough money to support yourself.
     
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    It is important to study Speech (as in Public Speaking), because you are always ALWAYS communicating...even if you are just saying, "Do you want Fries with that?"

    and to go along with Lyquidphyre (which btw is the BEST answer i have EVER heard):

    Ya may have to talk to jury/judge/police/probation officer and you need to be albe to give a GOOD presentation/speech about why you are innocent/deserve a break/why missing a court hearing is ok...etc etc etc
     
  17. weno88

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    I totally agree with making the subject relevant to students.
    I'm working on a class website right now, and I am compiling a list of reasons to learn Spanish for it.
    Here are my favorite two...
    1. Being bilingual can often get you hired or promoted
    2. Learning about other cultures and languages makes us a more tolerant and understanding society.
     
  18. Brave

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    It is important to study art so that you can be able to express yourself without the struggle of constructing sentences.

    It is important to study Economics so that you can know what is going on around-how much your currency is worth so that you can know how to spend it.

    It is important to learn English for you to make it through this world,every part of it revolves around English,though it is very vital to learn different languages for easy communication with people from other states.
     
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    It is important to study English because it is the language we speak, read, and write every day. Also, people who use English well can be treated better.
     
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    It is important to study Theatre Arts because:
    1. We all have the instinct for dramatic
    (Q: Why were you late turning in those grades?...
    A: Well, you see.............)

    2. Role playing is inherent in life
    (I am somebody's mom, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, friend etc....we all 'act' according to situations)

    3. Drama is the imitation of man in action
    (plays, movies etc can be about real life and real life consequences...what happens if you.........)


    Those are actually the first three things i taught kids when i was teaching Theatre...so i didnt have to hear, "i cant act"....
     
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    When I was coaching debate, we promised we would show our kids to argue... and win!
     

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