O.M.Goodness! I was just flipping through the digital version of Scholastic's Winter 2011 edition of Instructor magazine... and I saw my name. I was like, "Wait?! Is that me, or is it another Amanda Nickerson?" As it turns out, it's me! I had responded to a prompt on Facebook a LONG time ago. Someone asked, "What do I do when an 11-year old student complains an assignment is 'stupid'? She often says things like "Do we really have to do this?' Reminding her that assignments are graded isn't helpful." I responded, "Make it relevant. Help the student see why that skill is important and cite examples from the 'real world'. Maybe explain a few careers that require that kind of knowledge." Holy Batman! I can't even place when it was. It was literally MONTHS ago! Apparently they decided to publish my advice, because there it was! It was a big surprise, and because you are all teachers who will understand how excited I was about this, I had to share! HAPPY DANCE!