While some students are true scholars who love learning for learning’s sake, most students are immensely practical. They don’t want to “waste” time and energy learning something they don’t see as relevant to their lives. This is why making real-world connections can engage students and help them set goals for their lives.
Schools can connect with local businesses and industries because these employers have a vested interest in promoting themselves to a future workforce in the area. Career exploration events are another way to connect students to their future. Websites such as Real World Learning Network, DaVinci Real World Learning, and Nepris can also offer ways to connect students to the real world, and teachers can also find ways to incorporate practical applications in subject areas such as math, science, or writing.