Build Connections

Human beings are naturally curious. Build Connections is a classroom activity and teaching tool that taps into students’ intrinsic curiosity by helping them see how class content connects to their interests. Educators across the country are using Build Connections in their classrooms to increase learning and engagement, boost students’ sense of value for class material and school in general, and encourage students on their individual educational journeys.

Now, the Motivate Lab, in collaboration with the Relay Graduate School of Education, is looking to partner with a select number of schools to implement and improve the Build Connections tool. We are looking for schools who are able to implement Build Connections in at least three classrooms. Participating schools will receive in-depth support, training, and data on their students


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This activity allows me to hear what my students are interested in and why. It helps us build a relationship and connect to each other so we have a collaborative learning environment.
— Hilary Harrison, 7th & 8th grade Math
I usually connect skills of reading and writing to what they’ll be doing in future education classes. This is a good reminder to link it to things they’re interested in and will do for the rest of their life.
— Eric Vande Berg, 9th grade Civics

1-minute summary video from character lab

Build connections Executive Summary

Chris Hulleman discusses Build Connections

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