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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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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

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New Class Roles: Building Environments of Cooperation

Create empathy and self-esteem by assigning in-class roles and responsibilities that can help students bring out the best in themselves and each other.

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.

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Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

Are students ready for the homework you give them? Consider assigning less of it, letting students choose assignments, and using it for review and assessment.

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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

Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.

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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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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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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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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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"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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"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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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.

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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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