Asking students to connect with the “why” can be very revealing. Try asking them after assignments and projects why it was important to complete the work and what they learned from the process. If they can’t produce the answer, then you missed the mark…meaning you missed the ultimate learning objective. So, always remember when lesson planning and designing, ask the question, “why am I taking my students down this road?”. If the answer doesn’t feel right and relevant to you, then it won’t work for your students.