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Student Engagement

What strategies really work to involve students in their own learning? Discover and share ideas.

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.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

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.


Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

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#DeflateGate, a Super Bowl STEM Lesson

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Boom-Bang Homework Assignments

Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.

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How Creative Writing Boosts Students Academically

WriteGirl, a non-profit program provides teen girls with creative writing experiences that develop their voice and also their academic skills.

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New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup

In this collection of tools and advice from Edutopia and the Web, find resources to help you adjust instruction in response to diverse learner needs and interests.

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Learner Interest Matters: Strategies for Empowering Student Choice

When students care about an assignment, they're willing to take greater risks and are more likely to excel in their product.

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Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?

Teachers who are acoustically aware can do a lot to help students hear more clearly. Read tips on how to do this and also suggestions for minimizing noise distractions in and out of the classroom.

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New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.

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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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Quick Classroom Exercises to Make Learning Lively

Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively

Four techniques for mental clarity from fitness expert Joel Kirsch.

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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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Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, share the exciting possibilities for improving student learning by teaching young people about how their brains learn.

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How to Write Your Own Math Rap

The Rappin' Mathematician presents a step-by-step guide to creating an academic rhyme.

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Academic Sponge Activities

A "sponge activity" is a lesson soaking up precious time that would otherwise be lost. Hint: it should be fun as well as educational.

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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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