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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.

Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation

To inspire intrinsic motivation as a daily part of education, schools must nurture the conditions for student growth through autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

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.

Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

There's four areas that matter most to job satisfaction and productivity teachers can apply to their own work -- and to the lessons they design for students.

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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Using Multimedia to Create an Emotional Connection in the Classroom

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What Is Personalization, Really?

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Student Choice Leads to Student Voice

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A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation

To inspire intrinsic motivation as a daily part of education, schools must nurture the conditions for student growth through autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

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

April Fool's Day can be an excellent time to bring humor into the classroom. Use this list of prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other resources to help you celebrate at school.

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How PBL Creates Engaged Citizens

Check out how high schools seniors took on the role of federal lobbyists and learned how bills become laws through project-based learning.

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

Student blogging provides opportunities for sharing, reflection, and ownership. With ELLs, blogs can provide deeper engagement and a public forum to demonstrate their developing skills.

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Imagine This: Creative Play and 21st-Century Learning

Reimagine learning through play, whether children or students are building with recycled materials, playing social justice or health-themed games, or growing their own garden.

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

The art of thinking flourishes within an emotionally, intellectually and physically safe learning environment that is carefully constructed by the classroom teacher.

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Quality Instruction + Differentiation: Beyond the Checklist

Differentiate instruction through PBL or UBD by personalizing the driving question, having students design their own outcomes, and using the need to know process.

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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.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Educators from Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

Guest blogger David Cutler, a history, government and journalism teacher, asks us to face the music about whether or not listening our favorite tunes while studying actually helps our concentration.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students

Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares some ideas for jump-starting a tired classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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