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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.

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.

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.

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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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

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Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm

Hans and Nathaniel Bluedorn, brothers who specialize in critical thinking, offer a simple, instructive, and amusing look at what it takes to brainstorm, including six suggestions for teaching students to develop this important collaborative skill.

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Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students

Middle school teacher and guest blogger Josh Work coins the term "uppervention" to describe his strategies for keeping gifted and talented students engaged, challenged and inspired to learn and achieve with the rest of their classmates.

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Why Teachers Matter

George Lucas, filmmaker and GLEF founder, believes that even in this age of digital connectivity and instant access to information, we still need to recognize the importance of the human touch in education.

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4 Free Web Tools to Boost Student Engagement

Guest blogger Nicolas Pino James, a teacher researcher focused on effective learning and teaching, suggests four motivational tool technologies for engaging students with course material in and out of class: myBrainshark, PosterMyWall, Screencast-o-...

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Young Writers Embrace Magical Realism (Remembering Gabriel García Márquez)

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber reflects on a powerful lesson where mentor text inspired her students to write like they had not written before.

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How to Find a Home for Service-Learning Projects

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights one high school example of what quality service-learning looks like in practice.

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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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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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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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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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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow educators.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Best Education Parodies of 2013

Learning through pop culture satires can be fun and engaging. VideoAmy has sifted through the spoofs of the biggest viral hits of the year to find this playlist of educator favorites.

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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

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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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