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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.

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

Student Passion and TEDx Talks

Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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.

Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

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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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM

Looking for ways to engage girls in science, technology, engineering and math? Edutopia's VideoAmy has collected resources and videos that offer inspiration for supporting girls in STEM.

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8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

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Connecting with Students on the Fringes

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block addresses the difficulties of connecting with and including disengaged students in the classroom, and shares an informal five-point checklist that helps him bring these students from the fringes into the mainstream.

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

Blogger Matt Davis curated this list of teaching resources for April Fool's Day, covering classroom prank ideas, humorous lesson plans, and other topics.

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Rethinking Independent Schools in the 21st Century

Guest blogger and global ed specialist Homa Tavangar, in rethinking her lifelong assumptions about private schools, measures 21st century independent education by four criteria: collaboration, partnership, character education and experiential...

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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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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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Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

Edutopia community manager Betty Ray presents a simple yet elegant strategy to bring real-world thinking into the classroom.

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Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

Blogger Maurice Elias shares some simple tips for implementing SEL in elementary, middle and high school classes -- including a short quiet time at the beginning and end of the day, using transition circles, and reflective writing and discussion ideas.

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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

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What's the Secret to Effective Classroom Management?

Blogger Maurice Elias shares the secret to effective classroom management.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

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