Prioritizing students' needs over their wants

04/25/2013 | Education Week Teacher

It is important that teachers stand firm in addressing students' learning needs, even when those needs seem to be at odds with what students want, educator David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. For example, science teacher Alli Romano chose to ask students to conduct research instead of presenting them with the information because she felt they would learn more. "The good news is that gaps between students' classroom needs and wants usually close once students experience the benefits of something they initially rejected," he writes.

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