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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.

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.

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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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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How to Use Wild Hog Questions in the Classroom

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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

Why limit Genius Hour to a small block of time? Through conversations and dares, students can turn this creative, self-directed approach into a life practice.

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find it.

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Creating Learning Environments

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.

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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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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.

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Teaching Ethics and Narrative . . . With Violent Video Games?

A Norwegian high school risks - and succeeds at - using violent video games to engage literature and religious studies classes with core material.

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Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity
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Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (Big Thinkers Series)

The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.

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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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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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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

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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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Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.

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