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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. Here's a list of articles, videos, and other resources that offer strategies and advice for keeping them engaged in learning.

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset

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Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

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Conversing, Consulting, and Creating

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Managing Game-Based Learning in the Classroom
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Managing In-Class Gameplay

Whatever your classroom management style, in-class games can work when you invoke your usual rules, assign student roles, facilitate effectively, and allow processing time.

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"Rolling Out" a Game in the Classroom
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"Rolling Out" a Game

Teachers have a number of options for introducing students to a new game-based lesson, including the fishbowl, playing together, and beginning with a simplified version.

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Challenges in Education: A Student's-Eye View

In response to recent findings that students' academic results are impaired by stress and self-doubt, here are three ways to help them reframe how learning works.

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Creating a Culture of Integrity in the Classroom

Students develop academic honesty when you build their moral vocabulary, respond appropriately to cheating, use meaningful quotes, and inspire them to believe in themselves.

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5 Ways to "Remove the Walls" From Your Classroom

By rearranging students across the usual groupings and grade levels, you can redirect bored expectations and harmful behaviors into a refreshed, energized will to learn.

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A Quiver of Teaching Strategies (Not Just One Silver Bullet)

To develop a class of risk takers, administrators need to encourage faculty to try new teaching strategies so they model for their students risk taking, flexibility, and resilience when failure happens.

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Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching

Teachers stand on the shoulders of giants who developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley considers whole class discussion and presents ample research about what works best.

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A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

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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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Neuro Myths: Separating Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning

New research on educational neuroscience tells us how kids learn -- and how you should teach.

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Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

Edutopia community manager Betty Ray presents a simple yet elegant strategy to bring real-world thinking into the classroom.

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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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Common Ground: Teaching Kids the Benefits Of Working Together

Cooperative learning helps create the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group.

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