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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.

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.

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.

Using Humor in the Classroom

Laughter can help reduce stress, increase enjoyment, and prepare students for learning. Explore teaching activities to lighten up the classroom.

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.

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

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3 Super-Simple Summer Science Activities

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Using Humor in the Classroom

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Five Ways to Get Girls into STEM

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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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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Students

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano believes there's more to teaching than dispensing curriculum, and he shares three practices that lead students and their families to trust him on a personal level.

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A Global View: The Adventure of Kid-Friendly Foreign Films

Guest blogger Homa Tavangar suggests six kid-friendly foreign films which, when combined with the active viewing method, can entertain children while teaching them about different cultures and the things that we all have in common.

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Women's History Month: Six Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers

Edutopia blogger Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March. (Updated 02/2014)

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Why Serious Games Are Not Chocolate-Covered Broccoli

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber talks about what Serious Gaming is (and isn't), who develops and promotes these amusing activities based on real-world concerns, and why we want our students to play them.

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Reading 2.0

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz finds that students may not be reading less, just differently, and warns that, unless we accept and encourage this shift, we may indeed be creating a generation that reads less.

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8 Ways to Liven Up the Museum Field Trip

Artist and teacher Stacey Goodman offers up strategies for making museum field trips more exciting for students.

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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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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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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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Common Ground: Teaching Kids the Benefits Of Working Together

Cooperative learning helps create the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group.

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Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind (Part One)

The internationally renowned innovation consultant calls for transformation, not just reformation, of public education.

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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