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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.

Student Passion and TEDx Talks

Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

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

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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Guest Blog: Igniting Student Passion

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3 Great Films for Teaching About Globalization and Modernization

Guest blogger Eileen Mattingly, Director of Education for Journeys in Film, discusses methods for teaching about globalization and modernization, including foreign feature films that tell compelling stories of modern life in other parts of the world.

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Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources

The Olympics get underway on February 7 -- and there are plenty of ways they can be used as a teaching tool. Here, blogger Matt Davis shares some great Winter Olympics-themed STEM resources for teachers.

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The Key of Connection

Guest blogger Lori Desautels draws on the tradition of the birth song from Namibia's Himba tribe for a heartfelt examination of how we can encourage our students to reflect on and share their core identities.

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Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the controversy over whether lectures are helpful or harmful for conveying information, and then offers six strategies for crafting lectures that will keep students engaged and learning.

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Providing STEM Role Models

Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez shares stories from her Science Saturdays program to illustrate how STEM subjects, when presented in fun, engaging ways, are capable of capturing kids' imaginations and changing their lives.

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4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, shares four ways that she's introduced her students to and engaged them in academically rigorous discussion as a regular classroom activity.

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"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.

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Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares some creative ideas to make book reports more fun and meaningful for all types of learners (and teachers!).

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Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers

Blogger and education professor Rebecca Alber shares five strategies teachers can use with students of all ages to improve their comprehension and critical reading skills.

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National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

April is National Poetry Month, and Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry for educators. The blog features links to outside Poetry Month resources, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.

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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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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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How to Support Gifted Students in Your Classroom

Teachers can help students shine even brighter by simply adding a few additional strategies to their teaching repertoire.

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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning
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From Worms to Wall Street: Projects Prompt Active, Authentic Learning

You can't tear students at Newsome Park Elementary School away from their schoolwork when it involves in-depth investigations with real-world applications.

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