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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.

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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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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Teaching in the Moment

Teaching can be a lot like improvisational acting when your goals are making your students look good, listening and responding appropriately, and "accepting the offer."

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Be a Reading Rebel! (And Model Reading for Fun for Your Students)

Do you read for pleasure in front of your students? If not, here's why you should start.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

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Home Visits: Reaching Beyond the Classroom

Get to know your students and strengthen the home-school partnership with these seven tips for reaching out to parents and meeting families.

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.

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Start the Year by Building Hope

Whatever expectations students bring to the new school year, raise their hopes through relevance, passion, reasonable possibilities, and personal engagement.

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Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Veteran special ed teacher Marisa Kaplan shares the challenges and rewards of co-teaching, including the fun of having another adult in the classroom.

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Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind (Part One)

The internationally renowned innovation consultant calls for transformation, not just reformation, of public education.

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

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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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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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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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Using Music in the Classroom to Inspire Creative Expression

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.

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