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Studies from Science; Nature; and Mind, Brain, and Education all support the notion that children learn better when the lesson is relevant.

Good news for good teachers: It turns out, the old drill-and-kill method is not only boring, but –neurologically speaking — pretty useless. Relevant, meaningful activities that both engage students emotionally and connect with what they already know are what help build neural connections and long-term memory storage (not to mention compelling classrooms).