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Application cements skill and understanding, and not just any application will do. It must be authentic. Application in real-world settings and contexts ensures that students are ready for lifelong learning and work. Application helps them “see” their learning and typically results in tangibles—products and performances that can be observed and evaluated by the students, their teachers, and others. Students want firsthand experiences in which to develop competency, and they want those experiences to mirror the way professionals in the real world think, perform, and learn. Students want to use what they learn—skills as well as understanding—to address real problems and challenges.



Example Questions

Do I have opportunities to apply what I am learning in real-world settings and contexts?

Do I have opportunities to contribute to solving the problems my community and the world are facing?

Do you provide my child with opportunities to apply what they are learning in real-world settings and contexts?

Do you provide opportunities to contribute to addressing challenges in their communities and the world?

Do my students have opportunities to apply what they learn in real-world settings and contexts?

Do my students have opportunities to contribute to solving the problems in their community and the world they are facing?