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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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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Small, Safe Steps for Introducing Games to the Classroom

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

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Rethinking Independent Schools in the 21st Century

Guest blogger and global ed specialist Homa Tavangar, in rethinking her lifelong assumptions about private schools, measures 21st century independent education by four criteria: collaboration, partnership, character education and experiential...

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Medora: A High School Sports Documentary That Transcends Its Genre

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips reviews the high school basketball film 'Medora,' pointing to its lessons about persistence, community and economic fallout as custom-made teachable moments for social studies and humanities classrooms.

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Gamification in Education

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. As of this blog, they've come up with six essential elements, but their task is far from complete.

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Business Students Dive into the "Shark Tank"

Guest blogger David West describes what happened when the TV show 'Shark Tank' inspired him to teach his high school students how entrepreneurship really works through a project concluding with feedback from actual business leaders.

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3 Next Steps for Developing Girls' Leadership

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar encourages developing girls' leadership through exploring with them the many definitions for leadership and discussing the importance of taking action.

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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

Edutopia blogger suggests teacher inspire out-of-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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Four Simple Tips to Start the Year Strong

Setting a positive, approachable tone in the classroom on the first day of class will pay off in the long run.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

History teacher, curriculum coordinator and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

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Differentiated Instruction Allows Students to Succeed

Equality in the classroom is not about every child getting the same, but about each student getting what he or she needs.

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Fostering Relationships in the Classroom

Blogger Larry Ferlazzo and fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, in another excerpt from their book "The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide," share six fun ways to help students develop positive, trusting and enriching classroom relationships.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.

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The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.

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