On the “Real World”

    If we want to stand on the idea that “in the real world…. ” and use that as an excuse to break down relationships with students rather than build kids up, here are some real world truths.
    In the real world, we look things up on Google.
    In the real world, YouTube is one of the most popular tools for learning.
    In the real world, collaborating is not cheating.
    In the real world, finding information on the internet is a resource.
    In the real world, my job does not ask me things I can Google. I need to use critical thinking.
    In the real world, a lot of people show me a lot of mercy. I have forgotten my keys at home a million times and the secretary just let me in. I have forgotten to charge my laptop and my pay was not deducted. I have been late to school, and I did not get detention, the principal kindly covered my class. In the real world… there is a lot of MERCY!
    In the real world, I use my phone for everything.
    In the real world, I have choices.
    In the real world, knowing spreadsheets is an important skill.
    In the real world, I need to know how to clearly communicate ideas, not how to regurgitate information.
    In the real world, I can use EasyBib for citations and Google Translate.
    In the real world, not all adults do work at home every night. In fact, most adults I know do not take their work home with them.

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