Helping kids notice seemingly separate parts of life enlivens their natural curiosity and holds their attention.
Questions that invite more than one right answer invariably spark engagement within a peer group discussion. (Engagement enlivens more neuronal activity, which is the physiological marker for increased learning.)
A curriculum is relevant only to the extent it touches the inner lives of our students - their emotions, aspirations, imaginations, fears, resentments, moral values, curiosities, ideals, and their sense of order.
When kids pick up the unspoken 'message' that we see their ability to come up with actionable answers, they invariably meet, and often exceed, our expectations... to everyone's maximum advantage.