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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.

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.

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

Students are more likely to engage with a unit of study they've co-created. Matt Levinson suggests an eight-step example for how the history classroom.

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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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

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The Nuts and Bolts of Explicit Modeling

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

Middle school ELA teacher Laura Bradley describes how the National Novel Writing Month Project turned her eighth-graders into motivated, inspired novelists.

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Classroom Catalysts: Inventive Teachers Ignite Self-Guided Learning

Welcome to Brightworks, an independent school that functions as an open laboratory of hands-on engagement with teachers and students as partners in discovery.

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All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games

A good educational game offers engagement, assessment, and learning, with the game data providing a valuable invisible assessment opportunity for students, teachers, and parents.

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Games in Education: Teacher Takeaways

Matt Farber shares his observations from the Games in Education symposium, where he learned about students as designers, assessment possibilities, and adaptive video games.

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Small, Safe Steps for Introducing Games to the Classroom

To successfully introduce games into your classroom, play them first, make them voluntary, and think of them as tools for differentiation and building classroom culture.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

By inviting her class to choose their own subjects for a historical reformers project, Sarah Cooper learned a lot about her students' interests and passions.

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.

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A Favorite Formative Assessment: The Exit Slip

Blogger Rebecca Alber highlights a few alternative uses for the formative assessment known as the exit slip. (Updated 10/2013)

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Multiple Intelligences Thrive in Smartville

At the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, in Gainesville, Georgia, students know exactly how they are smart.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Should You Flip Your Classroom?

There is a lot of buzz around the flipped-classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approach for your classroom.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers five classroom end-of-the-year activities for engaging your graduating students.

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