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This article uses quotes from interviews with diverse students as a spring board to discuss contextualized learning theory and teaching strategies to enhance student learning. Students must relate new information to their own experience; develop ideas about the new information; and articulate their understanding of it. In other words, to fully understand something, students must be able to relate to it, own it, and translate it. To help students do this, the article discusses and provides examples of three concrete teaching strategies: experiential learning exercises, writing exercises, and collaborative exercises.