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Building a Bridge from the Content to the Kid (cross posted) [Apr. 3rd, 2008|11:00 am]
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[just_jeff]
Hi, folks. As some of you know, I'm an educational media scriptwriter. My scripts are geared mostly towards middle school kids.

One of the fundamental challenges is making the content relevant. For instance, instead of just teaching that Earth is tilted on its axis at 23.5 degrees, you can actually get kids thinking about why and how that tilt causes seasons, and what Earth's climate would be like with no tilt, or with a greater tilt, and this effort to spell out content relevance boosts the chance for interest/engagement/motivation.

I'm wanting to develop this kernel--building the bridge from the content to the kid--into a presentation I'm giving in May, and have come here hat in hand to ask for examples, anecdotes, best practices, minor disasters, etc.

What's worked? What's spectacularly sunk? All subject areas welcome.

Thanks!
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