“Ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do and die.” –  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War.  Not too uplifting? These days of more and more individualism, it is becoming more and more important to explain to a potential learner the why.

Why math? Why this grammar? Why this report? Why this correction? Why this test? Why this grade? Why this book? Why this homework?

And, yes, indeed – why this school? Why this curriculum? Why this method?

What is the purpose of what we are doing and how we are doing it? Think carefully about the why before you introduce your topic or project. Take time to explain, explore and discuss.

It’s about motivation, clarity and being at one with the purpose.