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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.

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.

Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy

Learn about Just-in-Time Teaching, a strategy for personalizing education via active learning that builds in-class lessons from prior responses by 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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SOLE: Motivate Students to Teach Themselves (and Each Other)

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

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Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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SOLE: Motivate Students to Teach Themselves (and Each Other)

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The Case for Pi: Why We Shouldn't Always Teach Math in Absolutes

Edutopia blogger and math teacher Jose Vilson confesses that he relishes the irrational - improper fractions, odd numbers, radicals and the notorious pi - because it serves to hook students into the mysterious beauty of mathematics.

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A Teaching Moment: Harriet Tubman

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares the power of teaching kids about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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Adventures with Dr. Smallz: Creating a Powerful Need to Know

Science teacher Leah Hirsch inspires students' need to know with a microscopic, absent-minded doctor lost in a patient's body who sends the class communiques to help him diagnose and cure.

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy

Guest blogger Gregor Novak introduces Just-in-Time Teaching, a strategy for personalizing education via active learning that builds in-class lessons from prior responses by students.

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(Re)Creating Poets: How to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block begins with the idea that everyone is born a poet, and goes on to offer four strategies and a handful of resources to bring out the poet in every 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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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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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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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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What's the Secret to Effective Classroom Management?

Blogger Maurice Elias shares the secret to effective classroom management.

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Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning

Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

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