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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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Curriculum Conversations: 7 Do's and Don'ts

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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

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5 Tips for Creating Real Rapport With Your Students

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

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120 9,080 157,002 views

In Language Classrooms, Students Should Be Talking

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 06:00
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Apps to Support Diverse Learners in the Classroom

Apps can help diverse learners by gamifying their tasks, coaching them on social cues, prioritizing their time, strengthening their math skills, and sharpening their language abilities.

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100 Videos and Counting: Lessons From a Flipped Classroom

After making 100 videos, a veteran flipped learning educator reflects on what he's learned: keep it simple, employ differentiated instruction tools, and respect students' schedules.

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Classroom Redesign: Students Take On the Challenge

In education, we talk a lot about differentiating our lessons, but choice and arrangement of seating can also have a positive influence on learning.

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Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

Promote global collaborations among classrooms of the world by involving students in creating their learning space and connecting physical and virtual learning spaces.

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Getting Started With Game-Based Language Learning

Introducing English-language learners to game-based learning brings the added benefits of conversation about their interests, discussion of in-class rules, and peer collaboration.

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Make Fuzzy Concepts Clear With Tech

When a Sphero robot engaged students' empathy about Depression-era migrants, one teacher realized how using technology can help open young minds to abstract concepts.

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How Games Can Extend Learning After the Bell

Games can provide ideal conditions for informal learning. Strong, immersive engagement means that students may not require (or desire) a classroom setting for learning.

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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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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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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

Do you display words and use those words daily in class? Check out these five must dos for teaching vocabulary.

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.

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Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions

Blogger Ben Johnson offers three steps for creating richer classroom discussions.

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5 Ways to Empower Students

Teacher, student and blogger Adora Svitak explains how teachers can give students a more empowering role in their own education.

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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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