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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn throughout the year is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, links, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for retaining their attention.

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Using Photos With English-Language Learners

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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Managing In-Class Gameplay

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Teach Using the Lived Experiences of Your Students

While planning this summer, ask yourself, what does a classroom that promotes students' lived experiences look like?

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The Creative Routine

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Simple Music Integration for Primary Classrooms

Here are just a few of the many opportunities that music offers for numeracy, literacy, creativity, and kinesthetic learning in elementary classrooms.

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Creativity in the Classroom

In a testing-driven environment, it's critical that we foster student creativity in the classroom, whether through open-ended projects, 20 percent time, or team-building activities.

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OK, You're On: The Classroom as Theater

All the world is a stage, including your classroom. Think about teaching as a dramatic act as you consider director, cast, choreography, set design, and lighting.

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Using Games for Assessment

While assessment is built into some games, teachers can assess learning after gameplay by having students create a mod or strategy guide, or develop game scenarios.

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Managing In-Class Gameplay

Whatever your classroom management style, in-class games can work when you invoke your usual rules, assign student roles, facilitate effectively, and allow processing time.

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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.

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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.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

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

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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.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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April Fool's Day in the Classroom: 8 Resources for Teachers

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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.

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