Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

Children in Charge: Successful Self-Directed Learning Strategies

Programs like Hands On Technologies, Villa Monte, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship demonstrate the positive outcomes of letting children choose their own learning paths.

Fish leaping out of a school of fish into a bigger body of water

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

A photo of an elementary-school boy in front of a green chalkboard, smiling.

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

Girl sitting with two boys smiling at the camera

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.

Graphic of a wide-eyed owl

Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for keeping them engaged in learning.

Discuss

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Last comment 12 hours 34 min ago
183 168,512 1,422,994 views

Should You Flip Your Classroom?

Last comment 13 hours 48 min ago
36 2,307 50,584 views

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Last comment 1 week 19 hours ago
6 1,127 10,988 views

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:38
183 168,512 1,422,994 views

Should You Flip Your Classroom?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:49
36 2,307 50,584 views

Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 07:00
15 13,037 46,438 views

Resources

screenshot of report cover: A Review of Humor in Educational Settings

Study: Humor Boosts Student Learning

Research shows that humor can improve retention of content, make lessons more interesting, reduce stress, and boost test scores.

3 708 views

Browse

Over 100 United States flags are raised in the air with a handful of other country flags lost in the background.
blog

The Election and the Educator

During a contentious election season, a teacher's best strategy may be encouraging healthy, informed debate among students while withholding his or her own views.

57 3,225 views
A group of five ethnic teens in formal wear are taking a selfie outside.
blog

A Student Perspective on Voice, Choice, and Meaning

High school teacher Josh Block interviews a graduating student to examine the complex dynamic of collaboration and supporting someone else through the creative and intellectual processes.

1 1,476 views
Tablets and lamented information sheets next to boxes filled with marine life span across nine classroom tables. Seven students are sitting at one table, two students are standing together, and two others wearing headphones are working individually.
blog

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

25 10,969 64,060 views
A closeup of a teenage boy bent over, holding a long electronic device, connecting wires to metal pegs on a wooden board.
blog

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators, and hands-on learning plays a key role in maker education.

363 3,763 views
An aerial shot of a table covered with paint, two paintings, a tissue box, paint brushes, and two arms painting from opposite ends of the table.
blog

Online Archives: Fun and Fascinating Classroom Resources

From an online collection of visual archetypes to royalty free music, these resources are great for the classroom or for just taking a fun trip down the rabbit hole of history.

1 39 1,721 views
Five young elementary students are sitting around a six-sided table in a classroom. They're all wearing headphones and playing on iPads. A female teacher is assisting one of them.
blog

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.

6 1,127 10,988 views
A polar bear is standing on a large area of snow above a large expanse of water.
blog

Climate Change and Game-Based Learning

To learn about complex systems, students explored the basics of game development for a perspective on the causes and effects of global climate change.

110 2,488 views

Pages

blog

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.

183 168,512 1,422,994 views
A teacher working with three little kids
blog

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

63 54,775 879,006 views
Teacher standing in front of class with students' hands raised
blog

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

Check out these researched-based, best teaching practices and share with us the ways you already use them in your classroom.

32 72,141 604,938 views
blog

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

To inspire more inquiry in the classroom, blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five questions to routinely ask students.

67 36,820 467,490 views
A side shot of a young female teacher in glasses and a green shirt looking out of a window.
blog

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.

16 25,027 369,017 views
Four kids around a desk as one points to something
blog

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.

60 25,346 349,944 views
a photo of a stopwatch
blog

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.

34 51,462 334,603 views

Pages

Join the movement for change