Starting the Year with Why

As I was preparing for a lesson this week, I was reminded of my first year of teaching. I remember assigning a project or a homework assignment and students would ask several questions or under their breath mutter…what’s the point? This is stupid…why do we have to do this?

So this week, we are focusing on the question…WHY?

Why would a school district, state and federal governments find it important to mandate four years of English for high school students.

More importantly, why is learning how to read and write important for each and every student regardless if they work on the farm, the factory, or head off to college after high school.

We are starting with WHY and trying to understand the WHY before going into the curriculum. I believe by creating this understanding of my WHY as a teacher and the WHY of learning will help provide additional understanding for the student…And hopefully set the tone for a positive learning environment, by providing an understanding of WHY it’s important to read and write.

By the way, I read a great book by Simon Sinek titled Start with Why. Start with Why focuses on businesses and people who have succeed by understanding their WHY and communicating their Why by communicating it with others.

My students posted their “whys” on the wall.

It’s easy to understand what we do and how we do it. It’s harder for us to understand our WHY.

What is your WHY?