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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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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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Great Teachers Don't Teach

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

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8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations

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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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The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

Guest blogger Sarah Wike Loyola explains how learning another language is different from learning about that language, describes ACTFL's current guidelines, and offers five steps for planning your next world language unit.

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Celebrate Pi Day: Seven Classroom Resources for Pi Learning

Edutopia blogger Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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Teaching Students Not Standards

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber warns of the four pitfalls of educational standards, providing actions teachers and school leaders can take to avoid them.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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How to Revitalize Your Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson shares how he plans to revitalize his classroom by destroying apathy, inspiring excellent work, and eliminating unproductive behaviors.

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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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Your Lesson's First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand

Educator, author and blogger Rick Curwin explains why and how to grab your students' attention for the first five minutes of each lesson.

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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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Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

With some class sizes close to 40 students, blogger Rebecca Alber offers strategies for keeping large numbers of kids engaged and managed.

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Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity
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Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (Big Thinkers Series)

The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.

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Using Music in the Classroom to Inspire Creative Expression

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.

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Welcome to the Digital Generation
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Welcome to the Digital Generation

The Digital Generation Project presents video portraits of the lives of young students from around the country who are using digital media to learn, communicate, and socialize in new and exciting ways.

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