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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.

Creating the Conditions for Student Motivation

To inspire intrinsic motivation as a daily part of education, schools must nurture the conditions for student growth through autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

Check out these questions to guide you in reflecting on how much the learning environment you have designed promotes student voice and choice.

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.

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.

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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Using Multimedia to Create an Emotional Connection in the Classroom

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What Is Personalization, Really?

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The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

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Powerful Classroom Lessons: It All Begins With the Hook

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf

Providing math students with manipulatives and art supplies can bring excitement, engagement, and elements of a Makerspace into the classroom.

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Teaching the '60s and the Art of the Film

Your input is requested to help program an American Studies course for spring 2015 that will teach political and cultural history through the filmmaker's lens.

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Cognitively Priming Students for Learning

Hook students' attention by stimulating their hardwired need to know, and make it a satisfying experience so their brains recognize the value of energy spent learning.

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Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

There are 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.

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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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Teaching in the Moment

Teaching can be a lot like improvisational acting when your goals are making your students look good, listening and responding appropriately, and "accepting the offer."

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Be a Reading Rebel! (And Model Reading for Fun for Your Students)

Do you read for pleasure in front of your students? If not, here's why you should start.

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"Authentic" Assessment at School of the Future
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What is "Authentic" Assessment?

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and...

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8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations

Guest blogger Jason Cranford Teague, author, communicator and trusted designer, shares eight slide show tips to power-up your classroom presentations.

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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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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

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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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Making Sure They Are Learning
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Making Sure They Are Learning

Sticky notes coalesce into high-level analytical thinking in Sarah Kaufmann's 6th grade humanities class, where complex concepts are broken down into manageable pieces that help students master challenging assignments.

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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