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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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Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking

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Making Connections One Student at a Time

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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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Sussing Out the Truth: Student Engagement and Online Fact Finding

Teens already know how to find what they want online. The challenge for teachers is becoming reliable narrators to guide their self-directed learning.

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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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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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Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

Take responsibility for empowering students, and avoid the schooling habits that train them to seek a single right answer instead of exploring the learning process.

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Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively

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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.

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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. They include critical pedagogy and using technology to dub new audio into existing video.

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