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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.

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Children in Charge: Successful Self-Directed Learning Strategies

Programs like Hands On Technologies, Villa Monte, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship demonstrate the positive outcomes of letting children choose their own learning paths.

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

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.

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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How to Encourage Collaborative Lesson Planning
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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

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Reflection, Conversation, and Socratic Spaces

Deepen students' reflective process by offering them different perspectives from which they can empathize, ask questions, and relate the answers to the world they know.

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.

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Make It Matter: Teach Justice

Students lack experience yet have valid perspectives about bettering their world. They learn when we give them agency to start working toward those changes.

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Should You Flip Your Classroom?

There is a lot of buzz around the flipped-classroom model. Blogger and AP Chemistry Ramsay Musallam covers the pros and cons and offers a framework to help you consider whether flipping is the approach for your classroom.

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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 keeping them engaged in learning.

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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.

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for managing middle school kids.

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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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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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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron defines important brain terminology while providing a classroom scenario where a middle schooler's brain is hard at work.

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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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4 Steps to Better Writers

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik isolates four steps to becoming a better writer - Purpose, Organization, Evidence and Thesis (POET) - and, with this prewriting exercise, encourages his students to 'be POETs' before writing their essays.

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