For over 15 years, I taught eighth graders the subject of economics. When alums return to school or write to me, do you know what they say they remember? The number one memory is “The Stock Market Game.” Second in the tally – creating resumes and business cards. Not one person has ever told me they remember any definitions, graphs, or theories. They remember what they created and crafted. They remember the parts that felt most “real life.” They remember what seemed most relevant when they finished college and called on applicable skill sets. What if we really reflected on what former students remember? Would we design our courses and classes to provide more of the memorable experiences?
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