Connection is essential to learning, and students must be able to connect to what we teach for it to be meaningful. GEMS DAA math teacher Desirae Matthew conquered this challenge with a simple but powerful essential question: What do my students feel is important?
Her learners' heartfelt responses helped Desirae align her own goals to thiers. Using the Fluencies, she helped them take responsibility for their learning and made math meaningful once more. This is their story.
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