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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.

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.

Student Passion and TEDx Talks

Culminating a year of students pursuing their passions through 20 Time, one teacher organized a TEDx event to let them share those passions with the world.

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.

Learning the Physics of Skateboarding Engages Kids in Science

Skate veteran and educator Bill Robertson, also known as "Dr. Skateboard," teaches students who might have otherwise fallen through the cracks about speed, velocity, and momentum at the local skate park.

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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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?

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Bell Ringer Exercises

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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

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Christmas vs. Classroom: Bring It In

Guest blogger Frances Peacock acknowledges that, when it comes to her students, she's no match for the Christmas spirit, and she beautifully details her terms of surrender.

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin proposes five strategies, including use of props and questionnaires, to make classroom discussions more exciting.

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It's All in the Thumbs: What David Hockney Can Teach Schools About Technology

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson challenges schools to learn from painter David Hockney who, at age 76, is making simple yet visionary use of mobile technology.

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Lessons From Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

Edutopia blogger and educator Elena Aguilar shares ways for bringing the many lessons from Nelson Mandela's life into the classroom.

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Don’t Listen to Music While Studying

Guest blogger David Cutler, a history, government and journalism teacher, asks us to face the music about whether or not listening our favorite tunes while studying actually helps our concentration.

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Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Guest blogger and high school humanities teacher Joshua Block shares the six structural and pedagogical reminders he uses to steadily improve the ethic of compassion in his classroom.

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Coding Across the Curriculum

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber discusses the history of computer science education in the run-up to this month's Hour of Code initiative.

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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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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Creating Classroom Rules with a Bill of Student Rights

English and social studies teacher Nicholas Provenzano uses The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as a tool for classroom management.

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Grand Slam: Performance Poetry Engages Students
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Grand Slam: Performance Poetry Engages Students

Global Writes, a Bronx-based nonprofit, helps students reach new heights in literacy and life through live poetry competitions.

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Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning

Author Kevin Washburn looks at curiosity and how to inspire it in students through the questions we ask them.

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The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson believes his students are lying when they claim inability to understand, and he offers three strategies to help them get past this erroneous statement.

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Rapping Math Teachers Bring It

Students get schooled in math lessons put to a hip-hop beat.

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