Build Connections for Classrooms

30 minutes | Curiosity

How do I do it?
Lead your students to understand how their existing interests relate to the content they learn in school by using this scripted activity.

How does it work?
Build Connections taps into students’ intrinsic curiosity and motivation. What’s more, it encourages curiosity to flourish in class.

1-minute overview video

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Build Connections Translations:

“My students made powerful connections to their future ... I was thrilled with the depth of my students’ knowledge of their current subject matter.”

—Heidi, Middle School Teacher, Vermont

About the Researcher


Chris Hulleman is principal investigator of the Motivate Lab and associate research professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. His research explores how motivation and mindsets impact human development and growth, particularly in education. He received his PhD in experimental social and personality psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2007 and his BA from Central College. Prior to his career in psychology, he spent six years as teacher and coach in Iowa.

Teresa Hulleman spent six years as an educator before becoming a full-time parent to her five children. She has spent the last five years as a part-time editor and reviewer of educational research. For Build Connections, she helped translate the research so that teachers could apply the core components with fidelity in the classroom. 

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