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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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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

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The Agile Classroom

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Homework When Students Are Ready For It!

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The Case for Pi: Why We Shouldn't Always Teach Math in Absolutes

Edutopia blogger and math teacher Jose Vilson confesses that he relishes the irrational - improper fractions, odd numbers, radicals and the notorious pi - because it serves to hook students into the mysterious beauty of mathematics.

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A Teaching Moment: Harriet Tubman

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares the power of teaching kids about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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Just-in-Time Teaching: An Interactive Engagement Pedagogy

Guest blogger Gregor Novak introduces Just-in-Time Teaching, a strategy for personalizing education via active learning that builds in-class lessons from prior responses by students.

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(Re)Creating Poets: How to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block begins with the idea that everyone is born a poet, and goes on to offer four strategies and a handful of resources to bring out the poet in every student.

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The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

Guest blogger Sarah Wike Loyola explains how learning another language is different from learning about that language, describes ACTFL's current guidelines, and offers five steps for planning your next world language unit.

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

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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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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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Five Books That Have Influenced My Teaching

Computer teacher and blogger Mary Beth Hertz recommends some of her favorite books for some holiday reading.

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Tips for Beating the Clock in the Classroom

Blogger Ben Johnson proposes teachers avoid such time wasters as passing out papers and writing on the board during class time.

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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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Building a Better School with Brain-Based Learning

Technology use, strategies based on brain research, and unique classroom environments for different learning styles give students an edge at Key Largo School in Florida.

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