And one way we can help students find value in the tasks that we ask them to engage in is by using interest surveys; find out what matters to your students. When you know what is important to your students, their passions, the demands that they have outside of school, how they prefer to learn, obstacles to their learning, family situations, special skills and talents they possess, then you have the opportunity to plan learning experiences that tap into those interests and dreams. And students find that those experiences have value for them. The work we do every day is extraordinarily complex. Sometimes, at the beginning of the year, it’s helpful to take a moment away from counting textbooks, or setting up classrooms, or creating bulletin boards to think about our practice and commit to experimentation that will have a lasting impact on our learners.