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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.

Resources on Engaging Student Voices

Explore resources related to recognizing and valuing student knowledge, input, and expertise and building student-centered learning environments where students make decisions about how learning happens.

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.

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.

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.

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

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Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

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Ending on an Upswing

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano holds his students' attention during the final weeks of the year with passion-based learning focused on favorite pieces of curriculum, picnic-based learning under a tree, and poetry-based learning through music...

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Avoiding the Summer Slide in Reading and Writing

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways to beat learning loss this summer such as creating an online forum where students post book reviews.

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Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

To help combat summer learning loss, blogger Matt Davis curated a few fun and free education resources for students and parents to use over summer break.

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A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

Guest blogger Jennifer Bernstein, college professor and application coach for high school students, writes about preparing students for those admissions essays by leading them to examine the value of their experiences and accomplishments.

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A Defense of Deeper Learning: Watch What's Working, Part 2

In this series on deeper learning, Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz describes his high school's College Success Portfolio and presents a video featuring an interview with two seniors from the school.

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Reading with Pictures: Serious Learning Through Comics

Edutopia blogger David Cutler shares his conversation with Josh Elder, creator of Reading With Pictures, about using comics as a strategy for engaging students to construct meaning while interacting with the pictures and text.

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Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

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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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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement
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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

Tucson, Arizona, elementary schools find success by infusing arts into every discipline.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Edutopia blogger suggests teacher inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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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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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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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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