My 41 Word Rationale for Teaching Stories


When teacher Andrea Marshbank recently asked the #engchat hivemind on Twitter what she could say to students who wanted to know why they had to study stories in school, I found myself stopped in my tracks furiously tapping away a reply. Here’s what I said:

I will also add here that every teacher–every one–must always have an answer to the question, “Teacher, why do I have to do this?” And, your response can not reference tests, college, or teacher authority. It must be bigger than all that.

Many thanks to Ms. Marshbank for making her practice public.

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