Relevance is a key driver for learning

Updated 9.12.2021

Today, I would like to talk about an important concept in teaching and learning. Relevance.
Every teacher has been asked the question “Why should I learn this?”. Chances are, that you have asked it yourself when you went to school.
One answer, which is often given, is that the topic will be part of your exam later on.

This answer is, of course technically correct. But it is not a satisfying one. It implies, that the only goal of learning something is in order to pass a test.

You ask me, that is not exactly motivating.

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Alex

Alex

My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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