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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.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Six key rules for student engagement include making it meaningful, fostering efficacy, autonomy support, collaborative learning, establishing positive teacher-student relationships, and mastery orientations.

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.

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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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

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Becoming a Listening Educator

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

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Word Up: The Must Dos of Vocabulary Instruction

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias explains how laughter can reduce stress and offers a handful of teaching activities to lighten up the learning.

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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos to Encourage Girls in STEM

Looking for ways to engage girls in science, technology, engineering and math? Edutopia's VideoAmy has collected resources and videos that offer inspiration for supporting girls in STEM.

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8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

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Connecting with Students on the Fringes

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block addresses the difficulties of connecting with and including disengaged students in the classroom, and shares an informal five-point checklist that helps him bring these students from the fringes into the mainstream.

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Financial Literacy for High School Students

In his third and final blog, Ohio's 2011 Milken National Educator Award winner, Brian Page, provides a list of financial literacy resources for high school students.

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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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Debunking Homework Myths

Check out these homework myths one teacher debunked and the strategies he used to successfully engage his students in homework.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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Common Core in Action: Using the Arts to Spark Learning

Guest blogger Courtney Boddie of the New Victory Theater offers a lesson plan to implement the Common Core ELA standards through creative play with the narrative possibilities of reimagining a classic fairytale.

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Listening to Students

Blogger Elena Aguilar offers teachers insightful questions to ask students and really learn what they think.

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The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar shares how understanding the characteristics of an introvert can help teachers better serve shy and quiet students.

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