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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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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

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Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses
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Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses

Through a project called Knowledge in Action, researchers at the University of Washington have been exploring whether project-based learning can help high school students with diverse learning styles understand content more deeply in advanced...

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Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-Based Learning

This research project by the University of Washington in collaboration with The George Lucas Educational Foundation is studying the impact on student learning of a PBL approach to Advanced Placement courses.

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From Brooklyn Castle to Ivory Tower: A Young Chess Master Celebrates Her Teachers

Rochelle Ballantyne, a junior high chess wizard featured in the film 'Brooklyn Castle,' is now an 18-year-old, full-scholarship, Stanford undergrad reflecting on the ways in which her teachers helped her succeed.

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Game-Based Learning in Practice

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber shows what game-based learning looks like in practice when applied to middle school classrooms.

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Superhero Science

Guest blogger Autumn Crisp teaches her third graders about science by analyzing the powers of popular superheroes and having students scientifically invent their own mind-boggling comic book characters.

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Cultivating Imagination

Science evangelist and Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez, by way of Albert Einstein and Charlie Parker, shows us why it's so critical to cultivate our students' imaginations.

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Teaching Students to Re-Dream with Shakespeare

Guest blogger Rick Taylor, an Associate English Professor at East Carolina U, walks us back to the late 16th century as he teaches his students the art of vividly re-dreaming Shakespeare.

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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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Emotional Intelligence Is the Missing Piece

Social and emotional learning can help students successfully resolve conflict, communicate clearly, solve problems, and much more.

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Using Music in the Elementary Classroom (Warning: It May Get Loud)

Classroom-tested song recommendations for a wide variety of activities -- from clean-up time, to art or free activities, to cursive writing.

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6 Steps to Help Students Find Order in Their Thinking

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson compares M.C. Escher's repetitive art designs to the patterns in thinking we can encourage and develop in students.

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Making Homework Meaningful

Blogger Dominick Recckio surveyed his fellow high school students to determine the benefits of completing homework and the strategies for making these assignments meaningful and manageable.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.

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How Are Happiness and Learning Connected?

Blogger Rebecca Alber proposes that when students feel safe, valued and harmonious in the classroom, they are more apt to learn.

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