It’s vital that we give purpose to what the students must learn. Let’s face it: Learning something because it’s on a test, or because it’s in the text book, isn’t purpose. But when you connect what they are learning to the world outside of school, you create your “in.” And engaging students doesn’t require doing a soft-shoe or stand-up comedy in front of a brick wall. Engaging students isn’t about entertainment. It’s about focusing on how to get students to…