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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.

Resources on Engaging Student Voices

Explore resources related to recognizing and valuing student knowledge, input, and expertise and building student-centered learning environments where students make decisions about how learning happens.

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.

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

The way to engage students is to make sure that they care about the material and that they know how much you care about them.

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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Keep ‘em Engaged through the Holiday Craze

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Finding That Spark: Keeping the Luster in Learning

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Debunking Homework Myths

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We Are All Artists

Edutopia blogger Josh Block reflects on the innate human ability for creative expression and shares six arts integration strategies through which he helps his students understand that they, too, are artists.

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Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

Guest blogger Steve Gardiner, a high school English and journalism teacher, looks at the benefits of a resilient mindset and shows how, through modeling confidence and giving a sense of autonomy, teachers can foster student resilience.

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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Earth Day 2014 is April 22. To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, blogger Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

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Think Back on What Your Own Teachers Gave You

Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron thanks the teachers who taught her about writing.

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A Celebration of Learning

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson reflects on the importance of celebrating student learning often.

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Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick looks at the more frustrating aspects of student academic behavior, suggesting these are symptoms of an insecurity that can be treated by promoting self-awareness and metacognition.

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8 Tips to Power-Up Your Classroom Presentations

Guest blogger Jason Cranford Teague, author, communicator and trusted designer, shares eight slide show tips to power-up your classroom presentations.

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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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Neuroplasticity: Learning Physically Changes the Brain

How lessons and experiences can shape and grow your students' brains over time.

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Reading 2.0

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz finds that students may not be reading less, just differently, and warns that, unless we accept and encourage this shift, we may indeed be creating a generation that reads less.

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Teachers Shake Up Shakespeare with Digital Media

Rap and film bring the Bard's characters to life for high school students.

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Research-Supported PBL Practices

At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

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5 Open Education Resources for K-5 Common Core Math

Of all the many Common Core lesson plan sources on the Web, blogger Matt Davis has chosen a few of the best that are easy to use and extremely useful.

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